October 01, 2021 10:24
Starting from mid-October, those over 18 will be able to get vaccinated without making advance bookings.
The latest move is intended to encourage people who are reluctant to get a COVID shot for some reason, or who have missed their turn, to get a jab amid the slow pace of inoculations.
Individuals who are still unvaccinated will be able to receive shots with leftover vaccines on a walk-in basis at hospitals or clinics starting Oct. 18.
About 5.87 million people were given a chance to book their jabs over a two-week period from Sept. 18, but only 421,516 -- or 7.2 percent -- of them had done so by this week.
Health authorities believe vaccine supplies are now sufficient to cover walk-in inoculations.
So far, some 39 million people, or 76 percent of the total population, have received at least their first vaccine shot, but only 25.17 million, or 49 percent, have been fully vaccinated.
As of Friday morning, the daily tally of new coronavirus infections stood at 2,486.
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