President Moon Jae-in is willing to get the COVID-19 vaccine made by AstraZeneca when the time comes.
The top office said Thursday that the timing of the President's vaccination will be determined according to KDCA procedure and while taking into account his diplomatic schedule.
President Moon has been invited to attend the in-person G7 meeting due to take place between June 11th and 13th in the UK.
His first shot is expected in late March or early April given that the AstraZeneca jab requires two doses within a time frame of eight to twelve weeks and considering the time it takes to build immunity.
In South Korea, the AstraZeneca vaccine is being given to people below the age of 65.
President Moon is 68.
The vaccination program kicked off in late February for health authorities.
The Pfizer vaccine is available for frontline medical workers.
The announcement of President Moon's willingness to get his inoculation is likely meant to ease concerns about the safety and effectiveness of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
When asked about the exact time and place a Blue House official said that discussions have not yet taken place but they will publicize the matter once decided. He stressed that the government's principle is to deal with the issue transparently. Kim Min-ji, Arirang News.