South Korea has announced its latest COVID-19 vaccination plans for some 17 million people aged 18 to 49.
In a briefing on Friday,… the KDCA said those under 50 can receive either the Pfizer or Moderna shot from August 26th until September 30th.
And to resolve ongoing problems seen in previous rollouts,… like the online vaccine reservation system crashing, the KDCA is implementing a rotation system.
People will be divided into 10 groups and allowed to reserve their vaccine only on designated days based on the last digit of their birth date.
Those whose birth date ends in a 9 can book their vaccines first on August 9th.
Next up on August 10th, are those whose birth date ends in a 0.
The 10-day rotation will go on until August 18th.
Reservations will be available to those who missed their first chance, with 36 to 49 year olds on August 19th, 18 to 35 year olds on August 20th, and then all 18 to 49 year olds from August 21st until September 17th.
"Vaccine reservations will be from August 9th to the 18th, and those eligible will be divided into 10 groups so that vaccines can be distributed more equally and conveniently."
Ahead of the main roll-out, local governments will first give some 2 million people from this age group priority shots.
This includes the disabled, homeless, and those who work at high-risk facilities such as bars, restaurants and PC rooms.
And any elderly people who haven't yet received shots can also reserve them.
In particular, people aged 75 or older who are at higher risk of severe infection can receive vaccinations without a separate booking period.
Authorities say enough vaccines will arrive in time for 70-percent of the population to get at least one shot by September, and herd immunity to be reached by November.
Some 10 million Moderna doses including those originally set for July, but delayed due to production issues will be supplied in August.
1.3 million doses will first arrive by next Friday or Saturday.
So far,… South Korea has given out first jabs to more than 36-percent of the population.
More than 7 million people have been fully vaccinated.
Shin Ye-eun, Arirang News.