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South Korea nears goal of administering first dose to 70% of population Updated: 2021-09-17 09:51:53 KST

South Korea's goal of administering a first vaccine dose to 70-percent of the population before the Chuseok holiday is looking more likely.
The rate stood at 69 percent as of Friday morning, and following Friday's inoculations the 70 percent target could be reached if the current pace continues.
Since those in the 18 to 49 year old group have been up for the jabs, the rate for first doses has been rising about 1-percent daily, in fact just on Thursday more than 428-thousand got their first jabs, an addition of 0.9 percent.
The next goal is to have 70-percent of the nation fully vaccinated by the end of October with the current rate at 41.8 percent.
This too will pick up speed as starting Saturday second doses can be given earlier than appointment dates as people can grab leftover vaccines at vaccination centers.
Currently, appointments for second doses of Pfizer and Moderna's vaccines come six weeks after the first dose, but for the leftover vaccines Pfizer vaccine recipients can check three weeks after their first dose, and four weeks later for Moderna.
Reporter : tkim@arirang.com
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