Free Flu Shots Halted over Safety Concerns

  • By Yang Seung-joo

    September 22, 2020 11:33

    The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency on Monday night abruptly canceled free flu vaccinations that were due to start Tuesday citing safety concerns.

    The agency issued a statement at around 11 p.m. saying problems had occurred with the cooling of vaccines while distributing them.

    Free vaccinations "will resume consecutively" depending on how quickly additional supplies are secured, it added.


    The vaccinations were to be given to pregnant women, children and the elderly, totaling around 19 million people. The agency said the problems were discovered in flu vaccines for 13 to 18-year-olds, but all free vaccinations were halted temporarily to ensure safety.

    Some vaccinations had already been administered since Sept. 8.

    The agency insisted there were no problems with the vaccines that had already been administered to children aged six months to nine years or kids.

    In rare cases those given a vaccine develop the illness against which they are being vaccinated.

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