And in line with the Korean government's goal to get back to "normal" life at the earliest date possible, the nation will begin offering Covid vaccines to those in the 12 to 17 age bracket.
For an in-depth analysis, I want to bring in Dr. Alice Tan, our go-to COVID-19 expert.
Dr. Tan, welcome to the show.
Covid vaccinations for those between the ages of 12 and 17 is not too new as some countries including the U.S. have already been immunizing this age group.
But, there are now discussions on vaccinating children even younger than that with Pfizer releasing its tests results that show its Covid-19 vaccine works well in children ages 5 to 11.
As a medical expert, what are your thoughts on inoculating children as young as 5?
But the vaccines these younger kids get will almost certainly be different than the shots teens and adults have been getting, at least in terms of the dose.
Why should they be different?
If this lower dose keeps side effects to a minimum, is there a possibility that some adults may need lower doses than what they're getting now to minimize side effects?
Many parents may be worried about reports of a rare heart inflammation - myocarditis - which has been seen with both Moderna's and Pfizer's vaccines. Is this a legitimate concern?
Coming back to the 12 to 17 age group, the recommendation in the UK is giving only one dose to children aged from 12 while the U.S. has been giving two doses.
What's the science behind this difference in policy?
As the season for flu is coming and many children will be vaccinated against influenza, do we need any flu and covid vaccine interval?
It was Dr. Alice Tan, thank you for your expertise.