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South Korea reports 1,575 new COVID-19 cases on Tues. Updated: 2021-10-05 09:57:03 KST

We start with the COVID-19 situation in South Korea.
JUST moments ago in a briefing South Korean health authorities talked about ways to improve how to confirm that people have been vaccinated.
For more, we have our COVID-19 designated reporter Choi Won-jong in studio.
Welcome.
Won-jong, this announcement is a part of the effort to help individuals provide evidence of their vaccination, right?

That's right. Like you mentioned, authorities said they will come up with new ways for people to show their proof of vaccination.
A lot of people from overseas had trouble showing evidence of their COVID vaccination when visiting coffee shops and restaurants.
That's why, the government has worked on more effective ways to recognize the vaccination status of travelers who got vaccinated abroad as well as U.S. soldiers stationed in Korea.
Starting October 7th, those who come to Korea with a quarantine exemption document can register their information online at local health centers.

The country's health authorities are kicking off the next step of their national inoculation campaign today by opening vaccine reservations for teenagers aged 16 and 17.
And bookings can be made from this evening, right?

That is absolutely right.
Starting today Tuesday here in Korea teenagers aged 16 and 17 will be able to book vaccine appointments with their parents' consent.
Like previous reservation methods, reserving a slot can be done online starting 8 PM, Korea Time.

Beginning October 18th those with reservations will begin getting the mRNA vaccine from Pfizer with a THREE-WEEK interval between the first and second doses.
For kids between 12 and 15 years old the booking window starts on October 18th and their vaccinations will kick off in November, AGAIN their parents have to give consent.
Also, reservations for the third additional vaccine shot the so-called booster shot will start on Tuesday.
From 8 PM, Korea time those over 60 and most medical workers will be ELIGIBLE to receive the extra jabs.
This comes after health authorities have been seeing numerous breakthrough cases due to the Delta variant.

Won-jong, people in Korea are going back to work today after a three-day long weekend.
Health authorities are concerned about another surge occurring this week.
What are today's figures? Tell us more.

Today's daily tally amounts to 1-thousand 5-hundred-75 new infections.
Of them, 18 were locally transmitted and the total caseload is now over 321-thousand.

The capital region accounted for more than 71 percent of the cases.
The tally was slightly less than the previous day because of fewer tests conducted over the three-day weekend.
The daily figure dropped below the 2-thousand mark recently.
However, this could be a temporary slowdown.
Authorities are concerned about a holiday surge as more people traveled around the country during the three-day holiday.
I also want to point out the vaccination rate in Korea.
So far, more than 39 million people have been vaccinated with at least one dose.
That's more than 77.4 percent of the total population.
And, more than 27 million have been fully vaccinated with 61-percent.

Ok, Won-jong, we appreciate the info. Thanks.

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