September 22, 2022 12:18
Injections of vaccines that offer specific protection against the Omicron strain of COVID-19 will begin next month.
According to health authorities on Wednesday, Moderna's variant-adapted vaccine Spikevax will be available first, while an upgraded Pfizer vaccine will be offered as soon as shipments arrive.
Health authorities will start taking bookings on Sept. 27 and injections will start on Oct. 11. Priority will be given to people in high-risk groups like patients and staff of nursing homes, mental health institutions, centers for handicapped people and homeless shelters.
The next groups in line are people over 50 and those aged 18 to 49 with chronic ailments.
Anyone who has received two vaccine injections so far can sign up for surplus vaccines starting on Oct. 11. People who had their second jab or recovered from a coronavirus infection more than four months ago are advised to take up the offer.
Health officials said they also want to bring in bivalent vaccines that offer protection against the BA.4 and BA.5 strains.
Peck Kyong-ran at the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency told reporters, "The main point of the winter vaccination program is offering bivalent vaccines to anyone who needs a booster shot. Those who have only had two initial jabs will be included among the recipients of the bivalent vaccine for booster shots."
Bookings can be made on the KDCA website (http://ncvr.kdca.go.kr) and same-day reservations for surplus doses through Naver and Kakao.
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