S. Korea's largest companies begin inoculating workers with Pfizer vaccines
Updated: 2021-07-28 06:25:36 KST
Major companies in South Korea have started inoculating their employees with Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine.
Hyundai Heavy Industries said on Tuesday it is vaccinating employees aged 18 to 59 working at its Ulsan plant… with priority given to those in their 50s.
The company says that workers from partner firms dispatched to the Ulsan plant can also receive shots.
Among the roughly 30-thousand employees at the plant, more than 66 percent have signed up.
"Samsung Electronics is taking similar steps, vaccinating employees at its facilities, including Suwon, Gumi, Gwangju, and Giheung."
Other companies, such as SK Hynix and LG Display have also launched their in-house vaccinations.
A total of 43 firms with in-house medical clinics are taking part, providing jabs for more than 300-thousand workers.
First shots will be given this week and the second shots will start mid-August.
The plan is partly to prevent the disruption of key industries amid the fourth wave of the pandemic.
"The government is working with local businesses to launch vaccination programs at large manufacturing plants in order to maintain the production of key items and boost exports."
It's also part of the country's efforts to ramp up vaccinations, as South Korea aims to inoculate more than 70 percent of the population by November.
"Favorable outcomes are expected through this as it can reduce the workload for vaccination centers and make vaccines available for more workers."
So far, about 13 percent of the population have been fully vaccinated… and more than 33 percent have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Min Suk-hyen, Arirang News.