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S. Korea to begin vaccinations with AstraZeneca on Friday, Pfizer on Saturday Updated: 2021-02-22 07:10:47 KST

It's a big week for South Korea in its fight against the pandemic, as the country will begin its COVID-19 inoculation program with AstraZeneca's vaccine being administered for the first time on Friday.
The first jabs will be given to staff members and patients under the age of 65 at nursing hospitals and facilities.
In addition to the AstraZeneca vaccine, the country will also begin administering 117-thousand doses of Pfizer's vaccine to medical staff beginning Saturday.
According to Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun on Sunday, 117-thousand Pfizer doses will arrive on Friday, before the first jabs are administered to medical staff treating COVID-19 patients on Saturday.
The Pfizer vaccines are a batch from the COVAX Facility, and the two dose regimen will be able to inoculate 58,500 people.
According to a recent survey, of the 360-thousand people who are set to be the first to receive the vaccines, 94-percent have already agreed to get them.
Some medical staff have raised concerns over the safety of the vaccines.
However, according to the Prime Minister, the government has carefully verified the vaccines' safety and efficacy,.. and have called on the vaccine recipients to get vaccinated.
The first jabs will be administered some 400 days after South Korea confirmed its first case of COVID-19.
Lee Seung-jae, Arirang News.
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