Which Vaccines Will Be Administered in Korea?

      January 29, 2021 11:19

      A closer look at the government's coronavirus vaccination plan offers clues what brand of vaccine people are likely to be given at certain times.

      The government will not disclose the timing and location of vaccinations until April. But what is certain is that vaccines provided at inoculation facilities in gymnasiums and civic centers will be mRNA types that need to be refrigerated at extremely cold temperatures.

      Those administered at clinics will be viral vector vaccines that can be stored at temperatures of 2 to 8 degrees Celsius. Pfizer and Moderna manufacture mRNA vaccines, while AstraZeneca and Janssen make viral vector vaccines.

      Choi Jae-wook at Korea University said, "If the government tells you to get inoculated at a local facility, chances are high that you will receive Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, while you will probably receive AstraZeneca or Janssen vaccines if authorities inform you to go to a clinic."

      Heath officials throw water in the air to check the temperature at a potential cold storage for coronavirus vaccines in Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi Province on Thursday.

      But people will not be able to choose where they get vaccinated. The aim is to minimize chaos if people are biased in favor of any given vaccine, and the rules are the same in other countries.

      Koreans who live abroad can also get their shots here.

      Coronavirus patients will have to wait at least 90 days after making a full recovery. Chung Jae-hoon at Gacheon University's Gil Medical Center said, "Getting vaccinated shortly after recovering from COVID-19 could cause antibodies in the body to attack vaccine antigens and make it less effective."

      The government is trying to avoid mixing of vaccines, saying any two different vaccines must be administered at least 14 days apart.

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