Indonesia’s vaccination drive targets younger people

Indonesia has rolled out a massive free Covid-19 vaccination program in an attempt to stop the spread of the virus and get its economy going again.

But the country is taking a different approach than others. Instead of vaccinating elderly people in the first phase, after frontline workers, it will target younger working people aged 18 to 59.

President Joko Widodo, 59, was the first person in the country to receive the vaccine shot. His Vice-President, 77, will not get the jab early as he is too old.

Professor Amin Soebandrio, who has advised the Indonesian government on its “youth first” strategy, argues that this approach makes sense to prioritize immunizing working people – those “who go out of the house and all over the place and then at night come back home to their families.”

He said, “We are targeting those that are likely to spread the virus.”

He argues this approach will give the country the best chance of achieving herd immunity.

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