Vaccination Picks up Pace

  • By Bae Jun-yong

    May 31, 2021 09:41

    Coronavirus vaccination is finally gaining speed in Korea. According to health authorities, 171,989 more people were inoculated last Saturday, most of them being given their first jab. That brought the total who have had their first shot to 5.24 million people or 10.5 percent of the population, while 2.13 million or 4.2 percent have had both jabs.

    Authorities expect that the rate of first-shot vaccination will surpass 12 percent by this weekend.


    The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said of 18.38 million vaccine doses that are expected in the first half of the year, 11.64 million doses have already been delivered and the remainder will arrive by June.

    By the third quarter that will swell to 100 million doses and at the end of the year to 190 million.

    A shipment of Johnson & Johnson's Janssen vaccines for 1 million people provided by the U.S. will arrive this week, about double the doses for 550,000 people U.S. President Joe Biden pledged to President Moon Jae-in in Washington last week.

    The Johnson & Johnson vaccine requires only a single shot but is just 67 percent effective. The Ministry of Food and Drug Safety approved its use here on April 7.

    It will be given to 538,000 reservists over 30, about 137,000 defense and diplomatic personnel and 3.04 million civil defense forces between June 10 and 20. Another 414,000 active-duty service members under 30 will be given Pfizer shots.

    Meanwhile, the daily tally of new coronavirus infections stood at 430 as of Monday morning.

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