Indonesia official says COVID-19 vaccines assist Jakarta attain ‘herd immunity’
JAKARTA: Weeks after the Delta variant of the coronavirus ripped via Jakarta, the Indonesian capital has reached “herd immunity”, the town’s deputy governor stated, forward of an anticipated determination by the president on Monday (Aug 23) on whether or not to increase COVID-19 curbs.
For a lot of final month, Jakarta was devastated by the outbreak with inundated hospitals, oxygen shortages and COVID-19 sufferers dying at residence, however in current weeks case numbers have dropped sharply, whereas vaccination charges have climbed.
On Jul 12, Jakarta recorded greater than 14,600 infections, however by Sunday the determine had fallen to 700.
“Jakarta has entered the inexperienced zone and has reached herd immunity,” deputy Jakarta governor Ahmad Rizia Patria informed reporters on Sunday.
The deputy governor was referring to excessive vaccination charges within the capital, the place greater than 54 per cent of residents are totally vaccinated and most have acquired one shot.
Nationally, simply over 11 per cent of the inhabitants have been totally vaccinated for the reason that Southeast Asian nation started its inoculation program this January.
Pandu Riono, an epidemiologist on the College of Indonesia stated the deputy governor had misunderstood the idea of herd immunity.
“Even when we attain 100 per cent vaccine protection, the immunity degree continues to be under 80per cent,” he stated, including that vaccine efficacy ranges have been solely about 55 per cent.