March 19, 2021 11:35
The Education Ministry hopes to vaccinate high school seniors during their summer vacation so they can safely apply for early college admissions from September or sit the nationwide university entrance exam in November.
"We're consulting with health authorities to make sure that high school seniors and teachers get vaccinated before early admissions or the college entrance exam start," Vice Education Minister Jung Jong-chul said on Thursday.
Children under 18 and pregnant women are currently excluded from the government's vaccination plan due to the lack of data on the safety and efficacy of vaccines. But the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety has already approved the plan to give Pfizer's vaccine to children aged 16-18.
"No vaccination plan for the third quarter has been decided yet," a health official said Thursday. "We'll make a decision on whether to give vaccines to children over 16 and which vaccines to give them after a review by an advisory committee."
Meanwhile, the ministry announced a plan to give vaccines to about 64,000 special education teachers and school nurses from the first week of April and to some 491,000 teachers in daycare centers, kindergartens and first and second graders from June. They will get AstraZeneca's vaccine.
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