Government begins vaccinating children as pediatric cases rise – National

A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil (The Jakarta Post)

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Jakarta Mon 5 July 2021

The government has begun administering COVID-19 vaccines to children aged 12 to 17 in an effort to reduce infections among young people, while emergency restrictions negate hopes of resuming personal learning in the near future.

In response to a slew of record-breaking new cases and deaths in the past week, the country has stepped up its pandemic response as it battles one of the worst COVID-19 epidemics in Asia.

The government’s extensive response included the decision to accelerate vaccinations for school-aged children, with Jakarta in charge of a secondary school on Thursday.

Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said at SMAN 20 secondary school in Central Jakarta, the site of the city’s first vaccination campaign, that his government is aiming to vaccinate 1.3 million children listed in the city’s archives.

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