The number of critically ill COVID-19 patients in South Korea has gone up by 13 to reach 473, the highest since the pandemic began.
Authorities say that getting more people vaccinated would help contain this number.
“According to our analysis, the number of serious and critically-patients is rising in the AGGREGATE… due the growing number of case counts,… rather than a higher RATE of serious illnesses and fatalities. We believe the most important factors… will be the speed at which the number of serious and critical illnesses may rise,… as well as the proportion of unvaccinated people of the total caseload.”
They are also urging those who got their vaccines in the first half of this year to get booster shots.
This includes seniors over 60 and younger people working in the healthcare sector who were one of the first in line to be vaccinated.
Janssen recipients are also eligible.
Authorities are still weighing the option of regular booster shots, but they are monitoring what other countries do first.
Japan, which will start administering booster shots from December is considering extra jabs for all its adult population.
It will first start by administering booster jabs to health workers next month.
The United States is also yet to determine whether it can expand the target age group from senior citizens aged 65 and up to ALL adults.
The New York Times reported Pfizer asked federal regulators to expand authorization and that the FDA would most likely grant the request before Thanksgiving on November 25thmeaning adults fully vaccinated with Pfizer, Moderna or Janssen shots would become eligible.
Shin Ye-eun, Arirang News.