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Health authorities raise age limit for AZ vaccine jab Updated: 2021-07-02 09:54:29 KST

South Korea's health authorities have raised the age limit for the AstraZeneca vaccine recipients.
Due to concerns over rare blood clots, the authorities had limited the vaccine to people over 30, but starting in July only those over the age of 50 can get the AZ vaccine.
Starting next Monday the under 50s who need a second dose of AstraZeneca will now get the Pfizer vaccine instead.

South Korea's health authorities have also announced Thursday their COVID-19 vaccination schedule for July including people in their 50s.
They are also getting vaccinated in July but will be receiving the Moderna vaccine either at local hospitals or vaccination centers.
Starting July 12th more than 3.5 million people aged between 55 and 59 can book their vaccines online and will be getting the shots from July 26th.
Those aged 50 to 54 can make reservations from July 19th to 24th and their inoculations will kick off in early August.

The July vaccination plan is also for those who were not able to receive the vaccine on time during the first half of the year.
Unvaccinated people over the age of 60 will receive the Pfizer vaccine at the nation's vaccination centers from July 5th to 17th.
Along with those aged between 60 and 74, essential public workers under 30, such as police officers and firefighters, will get the Pfizer vaccine from July 5th to 17th.
And, those over 60 who had to postpone their shots due to health issues will get the Moderna vaccine at local hospitals from July 26th to 31st.

High school seniors and teachers, based on pre-reservations booked through schools, will be getting the Pfizer vaccine from July 19th to 30th.
And nearly 150-thousand students who are getting ready for college entrance exams will be vaccinated next month.
Teachers from kindergartens to middle schools will get the Pfizer vaccine starting July 28th.

In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the military, more than 70-thousand soon-to-be enlisted soldiers between July and September will be getting the Pfizer vaccine before they head to boot camp.
Their inoculations begin on July 12th.

Meanwhile, based on the COVID-19 situation, local governments will be able to decide who to vaccinate first if they deem one particular group as being a priority.
Choi Won-jong, Arirang News.
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