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Septuagenarian Vice President Ma’ruf Amin gets his CoronaVac shot today

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Vice President Ma’ruf Amin is set to finally receive his first dose of CoronaVac this morning, his office confirmed, following last week’s approval for administration of the COVID-19 vaccine on the elderly.

The 77-year-old former Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) chairman has been scheduled to receive his shot in his Menteng, Central Jakarta residence this morning, a statement from the Vice President’s Secretariat Office said.

Ma’ruf is expected to get his second of two required CoronaVac shots two weeks from today.

Due to his advanced age, the VP opted out of joining President Joko Widodo in becoming the first people to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Indonesia when the country launched its mass vaccination program on Jan. 13. 

The Food and Drugs Monitoring Agency (BPOM) gave safety clearance for CoronaVac’s use on those over 60 on Feb. 5, after which time the vaccine was administered to elderly health workers to no reported negative effects thus far.

Indonesia began the second phase of its mass vaccination program today, targeting 16.9 million workers in the public sector and 21.5 million people over 60. The second phase is expected to conclude in May.

As of Feb. 16, Indonesia has administered the first dose of the CoronaVac vaccine to 1,120,963 people, 537,147 of whom have received their second of the required two doses of the vaccine.

Indonesia aims to vaccinate some 180 million people to trigger herd immunity against COVID-19 by early 2022.

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