After 6 months of waiting, COVID-19 vaccinations for young and middle aged adults in South Korea have begun.
Vaccinations for the under 50s age group started Thursday -- and I was lucky enough to book a slot on the very first day.”
Show me your ID please.
"After I check into the clinic, all I have to do is fill out a simple consent form and questionnaire about my health.
Then, I’m all set for the jab."
Around 15 million South Koreans aged between 18 and 49 now qualify for the jab, and some 11 million who booked an appointment through the early reservation system will receive their first shot over the next five weeks.
Oh Soo-young. Please go in.
"Here's 0.3 milliliters of Pfizer's vaccine. Now, I'm ready to take a shot for Arirang News."
Dr. Jung Yu-min delivers the shot and also some words of advice.
"Take at least 3 days to observe how you are physically and if you feel any abnormal symptoms, please seek medical attention. You should avoid excessive exercise and alcohol consumption for a week."
This might sting a little.
Ms. Oh Soo-young
Don't shower today. If there's any swelling or redness around the vaccine site, put an ice pack on it.
If you get aches, take some Tylenol. And here's more information about the Pfizer shot you got.
Please read it carefully when you're home.
Okay, thank you.
"After waiting 15 minutes to ensure I don’t have any immediate side effects, I'm ready to go home - still wearing my mask, and still subject to the same social distancing rules."
Among infected patients aged 18 to 49, health authorities said Thursday that 92.seven percent were unvaccinated.
But with inoculations gaining pace, the government expects to have 800 thousand to one million people get the jab each day, with 70 percent of the 51 million people in the country having received their first vaccine shot before mid-September.
It aims for full vaccination for over 70 percent of the population by the end of October.
From then, the focus of K-Quarantine is expected to shift from distancing to living “with corona."
"Then we can make coronavirus weak enough which cannot invade our lives too much. For doing that, we can do some sort of restriction for the infectivity people by isolation and ad hoc quarantine."
Most experts say COVID-19 won't completely go away.
But as our immunity grows, and we learn to live with it.
The coronavirus will no longer be novel, but normal in our lives.
Oh Soo-young, Arirang News.