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4 mn Indonesian medical workers to get 4th dose of Covid-19 vaccine

IANS | July 28, 2022 07:29 AM

JAKARTA:Four million medical workers will receive a fourth dose of the Covid-19 vaccine amid increasing transmissions triggered by the virus' sub-variants in Indonesia, Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin said.

Sadikin told local media on Wednesday that administering of the third dose of the Covid-19 vaccine started in August 2021 and now it is the time for a new immunity shot, Xinhua news agency reported.

"So they need a fourth dose to re-strengthen their immune system. We prioritise medical workers, " he added.

The available vaccine stock is sufficient for the use for all medical workers, Sadikin said.

The Southeast Asian country has seen a resurgence in cases recently, triggered by the spread of the Omicron sub-variants BA.4 and BA.5.

Authorities also have detected some cases with the BA.2.75 sub-variant which the World Health Organisation has categorised as a Variant of Concern Lineage Under Monitoring.

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