In Indonesia, that means prioritizing the working-age population, who have accounted for the majority of confirmed cases in the country. The rollout is “focusing on people who have to meet lots of people as part of their work; motorbike taxi, police, military,” Budi said, according to the BBC. “So, I don’t want people to think this is about just the economy. This is about protecting people.”
The government plans to inoculate some 1.5 million health workers with the Sinovac vaccine by next month, Reuters reported. Police officers, members of the military, teachers and civil servants will also be prioritized before the vaccine is offered to the broader population of adults under 60.
Indonesia’s hope is that by slowing down community spread in younger residents, they will still protect older people from being infected by relatives or close contacts. Many families in Indonesia live in intergenerational households that make it nearly impossible for older relatives to isolate from younger family members.