S. Korea to unveil Q3 vaccination schedule, focused on those under 60
Updated: 2021-06-17 09:55:13 KST
On Thursday afternoon, the South Korean government will unveil its inoculation plans for the third quarter of 2021.
Over the next three months, the government will administer first jabs to those 18 to 59 years old,… that's some 22 million people.
According to Jeong Eun-kyeong, the Commissioner of the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency, people in their 50s will be first in line.
The age bracket will be lowered to people in their 40s and under from August.
Also in the priority group for July are senior citizens between 60 and 74, who were not able to get shots due to supply issues.
Teachers and care workers, as well as social service workers under 30, who have not yet made reservations will be able to book shots for next month as well.
Vaccinations for high school seniors are also scheduled for July.
The government will announce its inoculation plans Thursday, which is the same day the country is expected to surpass its 14 million one-shot target.
To date, more than 13.7 million people have been vaccinated with first doses, putting South Korea two weeks ahead of its original deadline.
At the current pace, the government aims to give first shots to 36 million people by September and reach herd immunity by November.
Choi Min-jung, Arirang News.