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More than 14 million have received at least first dose of COVID-19 vaccine in S. Korea
Updated: 2021-06-18 06:05:24 KST
Six days a week for the past two months, 79-year-old Lee Yeon-suk has been helping out at a COVID-19 vaccination center near her home with a group of volunteers nicknamed the "Vaccination Militia".
Volunteers like her are working tirelessly one of the driving forces behind South Korea's inoculation drive, helping the country surpass 14 million first dose shots on Thursday a million more than its initial goal for the first half of this year.

"I'm a cancer survivor, so for 20 years, I was volunteering at a cancer center. But due to COVID-19, I can't do that any more. So I first joined 'Mask Militia', which ended last year, and now I'm here with the 'Vaccination Militia'. I am doing this thinking I can go wherever I'm needed."

"This is a vaccination center at Nowon-gu District in Seoul… a district with one of the highest vaccination rates in the city. Here, 720 Pfizer shots are given out each day, some as 2nd doses for people over the age of 75 and the rest as 1st doses to eligible
vaccine recipients under the age of 30."

Health authorities had 200-thousand Pfizer doses available for certain groups under-30, and opened reservations earlier this month. With such high demand the reservations ended in just two days six days earlier than what the authorities had planned.

A young recipient told us one reason behind such a high sign-up rate for the vaccines.

"After searching "vaccination" online, you can just input your social security number and find the nearest center all in under five minutes. If things were complicated, I would've been too lazy to sign up and would've just waited for a text from the government."

Vaccinations for those under 30 who work in the medical field will pick up speed even further as Moderna is rolled out.
It will be given out at 45 different hospitals nationwide and so far 55-thousand doses have been distributed.
Moderna is the fourth type of vaccine that's being used in the country.
Kim Do-yeon, Arirang News.
Reporter : tkim@arirang.com