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2 million available doses for two early weeks in Sept. for age group 18 to 49 Updated: 2021-08-25 10:02:36 KST

Now, Do-yeon let's talk about South Korea's vaccine roll-out.
The government has revealed its plans to ensure a speedier roll out after some criticism that it's happening too slowly, which begs the question, can younger people in South Korea now sign up to get shots earlier than originally scheduled?

Mark, that's right health authorities said on Tuesday that the vaccination campaign will pick up speed as around 2 million more people in 18 to 49 age group will be able to sign up for their first jabs from September 6th until the Chuseok Holidays.
This is important because due to the lack of supplies at the moment and the pace in which deliveries are being made many had to sign up for jabs after Chuseok, which starts on the 20th of next month and ends on 22nd.
But with supply issues resolved people who had yet to sign up for a vaccine or who had reserved a spot after the holidays, will now be able to get their first jabs earlier than expected.
This is significant because those getting their first jabs in that two week period will also be fully vaccinated within October.
The government's goal is to have at least 70 percent of the nation fully inoculated by end of October.
Right now, the second jabs of mRNA vaccines will be administered six weeks after the first shot a bit of a stretch from the recommended 3 weeks for Pfizer and 4 weeks for Moderna.
This is due to earlier supply issues, but the authorities also said that once more supplies are guaranteed, they will be considering shortening the period in between doses.
And vaccinations for the nation's biggest age group, 18 to 49, starts tomorrow.
Reporter : tkim@arirang.com
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