August 19, 2022 12:41
Health authorities on Thursday urged people with a history of COVID-19 infection to get at least a first vaccine booster shot. Until recently, recovered patients were advised to get only the first two jabs.
Health authorities made the new recommendation based on a review by an expert committee.
The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said, "We have found that the more shots people get, the lower risk of reinfection or death."
Over-50s who have never been infected, immunodepressed adults and chronically ill patients are still advised to get a second booster.
Under the new policy, high-risk youngsters aged 12-17 and adults who were previously infected can get their first booster three months after infection. They can make the booking on the KDCA website or call center, or get leftover vaccines the same day at a clinic or hospital in their area.
According to authorities, 23 of the 44 children and youngsters who have died from COVID were chronically ill with diseases like epilepsy, obesity and diabetes and congenital malformation. Most were unvaccinated.
On Friday morning, new daily infections fell for the second day in a row to 138,812, while deaths stood at 83 and severe cases at 492.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration now recommends that people who are suspected to have been exposed to the virus should have three at-home tests at an interval of 48 hours even if they have no symptoms, instead of two tests at an interval of two to three days.
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