Vaccinations are picking up pace in South Korea,with more than 3-hundred-thousand people having received their first dose as of Sunday the 10th day, since the country began its inoculations.
"So far 316,865 people have gotten their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, which is 41.5 percent of what we are aiming for by the end of March"
The majority of the recipients got the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Breaking it down into categories, the vaccination rate among registered recipients at nursing hospitals stands at 81 percent, for those in care homes it is 50 percent,. and at larger research hospitals 27 percent.
At least five such major hospitals in Seoul have begun carrying out inoculations on-site, including Seoul National University Hospital and Samsung Medical Center.
The group they are vaccinating is separate from the 52-thousand front-line medical staff designated for treating COVID-19 patients, who are currently the only group to get the Pfizer vaccine.
As of Monday, nearly 4-thousand people have reported side effects, mostly mild symptoms.
But there have been 33 SUSPECTED cases of anaphylaxis and 5 other cases of severe symptoms like spasms.
Two more people have died within a few days of receiving the vaccine, bringing the total to 11,all with pre-existing health conditions.
On Sunday, health authorities held the first post-vaccination injury committee, to review the first eight cases.
And their PRELIMINARY FINDINGS show, those deaths have no direct correlation with the vaccine or the inoculation procedure itself.
Plus, none of those eight cases displayed symptoms of anaphylaxis.
"Most patients had underlying health conditions like cerebro-vascular diseases and heart problems, which we concluded were the cause of the deaths."
Four of those eight cases are currently undergoing autopsy, the results of which will be reflected in the final conclusion in the coming days.
Lee Kyung-eun, Arirang News.