October 06, 2021 09:05
Korea will fully recognize overseas vaccinations and treat those who were inoculated against coronavirus abroad the same as those who got the jabs at home, health authorities said Tuesday.
Until now those who got their jabs certified abroad were exempt from quarantine but had to endure other restrictions here. But now they will enjoy the same benefits as to those fully vaccinated locally provided they were given WHO-authorized vaccines and get a certificate from Korean embassies or consulates.
The recognized vaccines are those from AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, Sinopharm and Sinovac.
Ninety percent of the adult population here have now had at least their first jab, but the government is still debating vaccine passports that would allow people to access various facilities once the country switches to an experiment in living with coronavirus in November.
"It's all the more important to reduce the number of unvaccinated people, who are at high risk of severe illness or death from COVID-19," said Sohn Young-rae of the Health Ministry. "The goal of vaccine passports is to prevent the spread of infections at high-risk facilities and large-scale events."
However, the government has not decided yet where they will be required and how they can be checked.
Meanwhile, the daily tally of new coronavirus infections stood at 2,028 as of Wednesday morning.
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