Vaccination of High-School Seniors Gets Underway

  • By Bae Jun-yong

    July 19, 2021 10:38

    Some 630,000 high school seniors and teachers started to get their first shots of the Pfizer vaccine from Monday.

    According to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency, the recipients come from 3,184 high schools and alternative schools across the country. They include permanent and substitute teachers and all other school staff.

    Other applicants for a September mock test for the college entrance exam who are no longer in high school will be vaccinated next month, the KDCA said.

    Shots are being administered at about 290 vaccination centers across the country. First shots will be given until July 30 and second shots on Aug. 9-20. Anyone who is not in good health can put it off.

    High school seniors wait to get vaccinated in Seoul on Monday. /Newsis

    Any students with side effects after vaccination can stay home for up to two days or even longer if they have a doctor's note.

    There have been reports of rare cases of myocarditis or pericarditis among young people in the U.S. and Europe after their Pfizer shots.

    The KDCA advised people to "avoid high-intensity exercises for about a week after vaccination and immediately go to hospital if they have chest pain or pressure or breathing difficulty after vaccination." 

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