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20 percent of S. Korea's population to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by end of week: Officials Updated: 2021-06-08 14:31:22 KST

South Korea is picking up the pace of its COVID-19 inoculations, with more vaccines to arrive in the country on Wednesday.

"650-thousand doses of the Pfizer vaccine, signed directly with the company, will arrive at Incheon International Airport on June 9. So, of the seven million Pfizer doses scheduled to arrive in the first half of the year, five million and 50-thousand would have arrived, and the rest will come soon."

This is part of a total of 66 million Pfizer doses that the country is buying directly from the company.
The Pfizer vaccine is being given to over-75s and will be used for medical staff, police officers, fire fighters, and first and second grade elementary teachers who are under the age of 30.
The country recorded its highest number of daily inoculations on Monday vaccinating over 850-thousand people.
Interior and safety minister Jeon Hae-cheol said Tuesday that South Korea is close to reaching its vaccination goals.

"Considering the speed of inoculations, the first shot for more than 10 million people, which is 20 percent of the population will be completed this week. We're expecting that to be 13 million by mid-June, and 14 million by the end of the month."

Vaccinated people will get a 'badge' to signify that they've had their jabs.
And for those over the age of 65, an 'inoculation sticker' will be posted to their personal ID by the end of June.
Currently, people can get a certificate of inoculation on paper or through a mobile application.
As of Tuesday, eight.four-five million people in South Korea have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, which is 16.five percent of the population.
Jang Tae-hyun, Arirang News.
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