December 29, 2020 11:14
The U.S. Forces Korea begins coronavirus vaccinations of essential personnel including medical staff on Tuesday.
Vaccinations start at bases in Pyeongtaek in Gyeonggi Province and Gunsan in North Jeolla Province, a USFK spokesman told Radio AFN on Monday. The first recipients are medical staff and support personnel.
It is up to each individual to decide whether to get a shot, but the USFK recommends that all personnel be inoculated, the spokesman added.
Earlier, the USFK announced that the vaccination program also includes Korean soldiers with the Korean Augmentation Troops and civilian Korean workers on USFK bases.
The first shipment of 1,000 doses of Moderna's vaccine for 500 personnel arrived at Incheon International Airport on Dec. 25.
The Moderna vaccine has been authorized by the U.S.' FDA for emergency use but not been given the green light by the Korean government yet.
Jeong Eun-kyeong, the head of the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency, told reporters that her agency is still discussing with the Defense Ministry whether to allow KATUSA soldiers to get inoculated.
The U.S. Embassy in Seoul said vaccinations are not available for private U.S. citizens who live here.
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