Health Minister reveals why booster vaccine intake still low

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Menkes Budi Gunadi Sadikin
Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin. (IO/Dumaz Artadi)

Jakarta, IO – As Covid infections and deaths continue to rise, third-dose (booster) vaccine intake in Indonesia is still low.

Covid-19 Task Force spokesperson Wiku Adisasmito reveals that booster vaccination coverage in Indonesia is currently still below 30 percent. Of the 34 provinces, there are 28 provinces that are still below 30 percent, reported Detik.

Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin attributes this to public complacency. “Actually, the problem is because people feel they are very healthy, and the cases are very low,” Budi said on Wednesday (13/7).

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According to him, the Covid-19 resurgence can alert the public and prompt them to immediately get booster vaccinations.

“So with this increase in cases, people will become more alert, so the booster vaccination rate has started to pick up again. This is good, so people will have stronger immunity,” he concluded. (un)