Indonesia rolls out boosters over Omicron fears

Indonesia kicked off the rollout of its COVID-19 vaccine booster program on Wednesday (January 12), prioritising the elderly and immunocompromised over concerns about the highly transmissible Omicron variant.

Residents queued up at local health centers to boost their defenses against a virus that has infected more than 4 million Indonesians.

It comes amid rising cases in the country - on Tuesday (January 11) Indonesia recorded 802 new infections, the highest in almost three months, with senior cabinet minister Luhut Panjaitan saying that numbers could peak in February.

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