Gov't Promises Time off for People After Vaccination

  • By Lee Joon-woo

    March 15, 2021 11:31

    Health authorities have promised a mandatory day-off period for people after they receive their coronavirus vaccination.

    The pledge comes amid growing reports of side effects from AstraZeneca's vaccine being administered here, such as fever, dizziness and fatigue.

    Son Young-rae, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Welfare, said Sunday, "We are mulling allowing one or two days off after vaccination to monitor people's physical condition."

    Some people have been rushed to emergency rooms after their jabs, and more than a dozen have died.

    A staffer at a district office is being vaccinated in a public health center in Seoul on March 8. /Yonhap

    The government plans to start vaccinations of the general population next month beginning with senior citizens. A total of 10.8 million people are expected to be inoculated in the second quarter of this year.

    Those on the priority list include 20,000 international flight crew and people traveling overseas on official business. Teachers at schools for children with special needs and school nurses are likely to be added.

    Meanwhile, the number of new coronavirus infections fell below 400 for the first time in a week on Monday morning at 381, bringing the cumulative total to 96,017. 

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