South Korea’s first COVID-19 vaccination center has been set up at the National Medical Center, and is waiting for Pfizer’s vaccines to arrive in a couple of weeks.
The temperature-sensitive vaccines will be transported using a comprehensive cold-chain system.
At the end of the chain is the state-run institution, that’s fully equipped to store the vaccines at minus 70 degrees Celsius.

“Vaccines will be stored in ultra-cold freezers. Then, they will thawed at the vaccination site, and diluted with sodium chloride to make five to six doses before being administered.”

The center is divided into three sections, all of which are designed to follow social distancing.
Upon arrival, recipients will verify their eligibility.
Proving they are from the designated group for instance, front-line medical workers in the case of the first quarter.
Next, they will be briefly screened by medical staff, to see whether they are in the proper health condition to receive the jab.
When given the OK sign,.. they will proceed to get the vaccine.
The final stage is monitoring for any adverse reaction.

“People with pre-existing medical conditions or a history of allergic reactions to a vaccine will be required to stay for 30 minutes,.. while others must stay 15 minutes.”

Though very rare, adverse reactions like anaphylaxis could occur.
In such cases, the on-site staff will carry out emergency care.
Ambulances are also on stand-by to transport patients.
With such safety concerns, the number of recipients will be limited, to 6-hundred each day.

“While carrying out the first rounds of COVID-19 vaccinations, the center will also lay out an example for some 2-hundred-50 other vaccination centers that will be set up nationwide.
It will also be in charge of training staff for those centers.
Lee Kyung-eun, Arirang News.”

Reporter : kelee@arirang.com

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