Caution Advised Ahead of Coronavirus Vaccinations

  • By Choi Eun-kyung

    February 24, 2021 11:13

    The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency on Tuesday issued guidelines for coronavirus vaccinations that bar anyone with a temperature of over 37.5 degrees Celsius or other symptoms from getting the jab.

    The aim is to prevent people transmitting the virus while being inoculated or mistaking coronavirus symptoms for a side effect of the vaccine.

    Vaccinations of at-risk patients and frontline health workers start this Friday. Patients with the common cold or other mild symptom can still get a jab. Those who refuse to get the vaccine and fail to book an appointment during their designated period will have to wait for a second chance until after November.

    Those who have recovered from the virus already must also get the vaccine unless they suffer long-term after-effects.

    A vehicle carrying AstraZeneca's vaccines leaves an SK Bioscience factory in Andong, North Gyeongsang Province on Wednesday. /Newsis

    Health authorities also advised people to avoid vaccines for other diseases at the same time because there is no data on how they might interact.

    Those given AstraZeneca's vaccine should wait eight to 12 weeks for their second dose, and those who get Pfizer's vaccine three weeks. Mixing brands is not recommended.

    Anyone with a history of vaccine anaphylaxis is prohibited from getting the jab. Pregnant women and children under 18 will not be vaccinated either.

    Mothers who are breastfeeding can get the shot, but authorities admitted that they have no data showing what effect the vaccine will have on them or their babies. Adults aged 19-64 who are not frontline health workers or in a risk group will only be vaccinated from the third quarter.

    Meanwhile, the daily tally of new infections stood at 440 as of Wednesday morning.

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