South Korea is on track to have given first vaccine shots to 36 million people by the end of September.
Speaking in a meeting with his top aides on Monday, President Moon Jae-in said the government will do all it can to speed up vaccinations and reassured the public that there will be no problem in terms of vaccine supply.
"By tomorrow, over 20 million people will have gotten their first doses. The plan to inoculate 36 million people by September is also going as planned. We are trying to speed up that goal to before the Chuseok holiday."
The Chuseok holiday week starts this year on September 18th.
President Moon noted that vaccine reservations will start next week for some 17 million people aged 40 and under, and he called on officials to check the system so that the process goes smoothly and everyone gets a fair chance.
The president acknowledged that there's still a lot we don't know about the virus, but it's without a doubt, he said, that vaccines can reduce the severity of the illness and the fatality rate, and he called for active participation.