June 02, 2021 10:36
Some 900,000 military reservists took just 17 hours to book their Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccination on Monday.
Bookings were taken online on a first-come-first-served basis.
The U.S. is supplying 1 million Janssen vaccines for reservists over 30 here, and the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said 800,000 people had booked by 3:30 p.m. on Monday and another 100,000 an hour later. The remainder will be set aside for other recipients for now.
The vaccines arrive in Korea on this Saturday aboard a U.S. military airplane and inoculations take place from June 10 to 20.
Meanwhile, Koreans under 30 who were excluded from AstraZeneca vaccine shots for fear of side effects will get Pfizer injections instead from June 15. Vaccination of senior citizens over 75 or more will be completed by June 13, and then it is the turn of younger recipients.
Some 190,000 police and firefighters under 30 will get Pfizer jabs and can make their booking from June 7.
Meanwhile the daily tally of new coronavirus infections rose over 600 for the first time in six days with 667 cases as of Wednesday morning.
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