Fully Vaccinated People to Be Freed from Lockdown

  • By Kim Sung-mo

    May 25, 2021 11:32

    Fully vaccinated Koreans are likely to be freed from lockdown under a government plan to offer incentives in order to speed up coronavirus inoculations.

    Progress has been hampered not only by a shortage of vaccines but also by reluctance among eligible people to be inoculated due to fears of side effects.

    But health authorities said incentives to be announced later this week could include lifting the ban on gatherings of more than four people and shopping after curfew.

    Those who have had both jabs would be free to engage in cultural and leisure activities as they please and they could even be given priority or discounts at community centers and other facilities.

    People wait to see if they have side effects after getting vaccinated in Gwangju on Monday. /Yonhap

    But many people oppose such incentives. In a poll of 1,009 people last weekend by the Kore Society Opinion Institute, 49.4 percent of respondents were in favor but 39.9 percent opposed incentives saying they would be unfair to the rest.

    Currently the only incentive is that fully vaccinated people are exempt from quarantine when they return from travel abroad, which is near-impossible anyway.

    Meanwhile, the daily tally of new coronavirus infections stood at 516 as of Tuesday morning, above 500 for a third day.

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