AsiaA health worker gets a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at a COVID-19 vaccination centre in Seoul, South Korea, Mar 10, 2021. (File photo: Reuters/Kim Hong-Ji)26 Jul 2021 11:17AMShare this contentBookmarkSEOUL: South Korea kicked off COVID-19 vaccinations for people aged 55 to 59 on Monday (Jul 26) to speed up the pace of its inoculation campaign, as the country battles the fourth wave of infections.
The roll-out of COVID-19 vaccinations for people in their upper 50s had sputtered to a week-long halt this month after a record high number of new cases sparked a rush for shots, exhausting available supplies and crashing an official reservation website.
AdvertisementREAD: South Korea's COVID-19 vaccine roll-out grinds to halt as new cases spikeAbout 6.17 million people, or 84 per cent of those in their 50s, have signed up for vaccinations last week, and authorities switched to Pfizer-BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine from the Moderna shot for some people in the group because of fluctuations in shipment schedule. headtopics.com
The authorities had faced criticism for being short on supplies and for a last minute change that temporarily extended the dosing interval for Pfizer-BioNTech shots to four weeks instead of three to match that of Moderna's.South Korea has prioritised immunising the elderly, the vulnerable and frontline healthcare workers. It has inoculated 33 per cent of its 52 million population with at least one dose, while 13 per cent have been fully inoculated.
AdvertisementREAD: South Korea steps up COVID-19 curbs ahead of peak holiday seasonThe Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency reported 1,318 new coronavirus cases for Sunday. Total infections in the country stand at 190,166, with 2,077 deaths. Read more: CNA »
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