South Korea’s vaccination campaign for the second half of 2021 is now in full swing.
After a long wait, people aged 60 to 74 will be getting the Pfizer vaccine, and for people younger than 50, there’ll be “mix-and-match” vaccinations.
Han Seong-woo has the details.
Starting Monday, about 197-thousand senior citizens in South Korea who weren’t able to get the AstraZeneca vaccine in the first half of the year due to supply shortages will begin receiving the Pfizer vaccine.
The shots will also be given to roughly 110-thousand essential workers under the age of 30, including police officers and fire fighters, who were supposed to be inoculated in the second quarter.
After completing their first doses by July 17th, they will receive their second dose after a three-week interval.
So far, some 15.three million people, just under 30 percent of the population, have been inoculated with their first doses.
No first doses were administered on Sunday.
Meanwhile, about 5.3 million people, or about 10.4 percent of the country, have completed vaccinations.
Also from Monday, slightly over a million first dose recipients of the AstraZeneca vaccine will start getting their second jabs.
But for those under 50, the country will “mix-and-match” vaccines meaning those who already got a first dose of AstraZeneca will get Pfizer as their second dose.
That group, around 950-thousand people for July, will be inoculated at vaccination centers and about two-thousand medical institutions nationwide.
Han Seong-woo, Arirang News.

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