June 07, 2021 11:53
Only some 7.6 million Koreans or about 15 percent of the population have been vaccinated against coronavirus in the 100 days since inoculations started on Feb. 26.
The government hopes to reach 10 million soon as people aged 60-64 become eligible.
According to health authorities, 7.59 million people received at least one dose of coronavirus vaccines as of Sunday, but only 2.28 million of them are fully vaccinated. They are mostly elderly people over 65 at 4.8 million.
Some 550,000 people over 75 and 1.8 million aged 65-74 are still waiting to get vaccines after booking their appointments.
Vaccination of another 3.96 million people aged 60-64 started on Monday, and 3.12 million or 78.8 percent of them have already booked their appointments. They are getting AstraZeneca's vaccine.
Vaccination also started for 410,000 soldiers under 30 on Monday, who are being given Pfizer's vaccine, while 890,000 reservists over 30 will get Johnson & Johnson vaccines donated by the U.S. from Thursday.
People over 60 who have not booked their appointments yet only have to call or visit vaccination centers or clinics to sign up. They will get leftover vaccines on a priority basis.
Those aged 30-60 can also book leftover vaccines on Naver or Kakao apps.
According to global statistics website Our World in Data, Korea ranks a miserable 93rd in terms of the vaccination rate. Some 60 countries have already inoculated more than 30 percent of their population.
Meanwhile, the daily tally of new coronavirus infections fell below 500 for the first time in six days with 485 as of Monday morning. That brought the cumulative total to 144,637, while deaths rose by one to 1,974.
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