May 11, 2021 11:22
The government has decided to support anyone suffering from severe side effects after their coronavirus vaccination even without definitive proof of a correlation.
The move is aimed at easing public jitters over potential side effects, especially of AstraZeneca's vaccine, and persuading as many people as possible to get inoculated.
The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said Monday that the government will start on May 17 to provide up to W10 million in treatment support for each person who is hospitalized or suffers serious side effects after getting vaccinated (US$1=W1,114).
One nurse in her 40s became paralyzed after her AstraZeneca jab. She was diagnosed with acute demyelinating encephalomyelitis but was ineligible for government support due to a lack of data to evaluate a correlation with the jab.
Now such patients become eligible for support payments unless side effects are believed to be related to their pre-existing illnesses. The new measure will be applied retroactively.
But an official at the KDCA said that only five of 127 reports of deaths and other side effects reviewed so far will be newly eligible. Earlier, only two cases had been directly linked to the jabs after an investigation.
Meanwhile, 243,000 AstraZeneca doses and 650,000 Pfizer doses were left as of Monday, only enough for a few more days supposing 250,000 people a day are vaccinated.
Another 511 new daily infections were reported on Tuesday morning. The cumulative total stood at 128,283, while deaths increased by four to 1,879.
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