Gov't Weighs Limiting Unvaccinated People's Access to Indoor Sites

  • By Lee Joon-woo, Kim Sung-mo

    September 30, 2021 12:30

    The government is considering restricting unvaccinated people's access to indoor facilities as it tries to find ways of living with endemic coronavirus.

    Son Young-rae, a spokesman for the Ministry of Health and Welfare, told reporters on Wednesday, "We plan to issue 'vaccine passports' and those who are not vaccinated will be limited from using entertainment venues and other indoor facilities unless they can produce proof of a negative [COVID-19] test result."

    There are some 5.89 million adults who have for one reason or another missed their turn for coronavirus vaccination, and they have had until Thursday to make a booking on the government booking site.

    But only 6.1 percent, or about 356,000, of them signed up for a jab as of Wednesday morning.

    A medical worker fills a syringe with Pfizer's vaccine at a hospital in Daegu on Wednesday. /Newsis

    Experts are advising unvaccinated people to receive their shots, as they will face an increased risk of contracting the virus once quarantine measures are eased.

    Health officials said most countries limit unvaccinated people's access to indoor facilities, partly to protect them but also to encourage them to get vaccinated.

    However, children are expected to be exempt from such limitations, as they are not yet obliged to get vaccine shots due to safety concerns.

    Health officials are also considering allowing people who have recovered from COVID-19 to receive vaccine passports, since they have developed antibodies. The passports are likely to be valid for at least six months after the date of the second injection.

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