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Due to a shortage of COVID-19 vaccines in far-flung Indonesia, a long hunt has been underway


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Seven months after Indonesia's inoculation programme began, Hatimene Hura, a 24-year-old Indonesian, has yet to be vaccinated against COVID-19.


The farmer in Sisobahili Iranohura hamlet on Nias island in North Sumatra was aware of the dangers of COVID-19 and desired vaccination.

 

When he inquired about vaccination at the local health centre in Idanogawo district last month, he was told that it only accepted persons who required their second jab.


Mr Hura's pals advised him to try his luck at a another walk-in vaccination centre.
As a result, he chose to ride his motorcycle 40 kilometres to Gunungsitoli, the island's largest town.


“I live at the base of a mountain,” she says.
I had to cross via some damaged roads that were steep and winding,” he told CNA.

 

However, after a one-and-a-half-hour travel, he was unhappy to discover that the vaccination centre only served persons who had previously had their first immunisation.


Indonesia has set a goal of vaccinating 208 million of its 270 million people by the beginning of next year.
President Joko Widodo had set an aim of 2 million pills each day to be administered in August to meet that goal.

 

However, due to the country's large geography and limited vaccine supplies, not everyone can be vaccinated right away.
Living in a distant region makes it much more difficult to be vaccinated.


According to a survey issued by the political think tank Charta Politika in mid-August, 72.4 percent of Indonesians want to be vaccinated.


Only 65 million people in the United States have received the first dose.
This equates to about a quarter of the entire population.

 

The daily immunisation rate in August was around 1.2 million to 1.4 million, according to Dr Siti Nadia Tarmizi, the central government's spokeswoman for COVID-19 handling and vaccination.
This fell short of the initial daily target of 2 million people.


Later, the administration added a new goal, stating that 100 million vaccination doses must be provided by the end of the month.
This objective has been met.

 

According to Dr. Tarmizi, the administration is now seeking to reach the 2 million mark this month.

 

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