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S. Korea reaches target of giving 70% of population at least one vaccine shot ahead of Chuseok Updated: 2021-09-17 17:03:59 KST

South Korea's vaccination rate for at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine reached 70 percent on Friday.
That means the vaccine rollout has hit the health authorities' initial goal of achieving 70 percent before the nation's Chuseok holiday this weekend.
This comes as daily infections hover around the 2-thousand mark due to the more transmissible Delta variant.
Health authorities also mentioned about putting more efforts in to hit 80-percent by expanding more incentives for vaccinated people.
But they said it's difficult to predict how soon the country can get to 70 percent being FULLY vaccinated hoping to reach this milestone by late October.
President Moon Jae-in also said on Friday that the country got to 70-percent in just 204 days since inoculations kicked off adding that apart from Iceland, this was the shortest time in the OECD.

However, health authorities are still on their toes as the Greater Seoul area accounted for nearly 78-percent of Friday's infections and there are worries about a resurgence after the upcoming five-day holiday.

"The infections spread nationwide after the summer holidays back in late July to early August. There is a high risk through visiting hometowns during this Chuseok holiday.

On Friday, South Korea reported 2-thousand 8 cases.
All but 35 were from local transmissions raising the total caseload to over 281-thousand.
Three more deaths from COVID-19 were reported, bringing the death toll to 2-thousand 389.
Cho Sung-min, Arirang News.
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