Here in Korea starting on this Thursday those who were fully inoculated overseas have access to COVID-19 vaccination incentives.
For more I have Choi Won-Jong here in the studio.
So starting today EVEN those who were vaccinated outside of Korea can indulge in incentives for social gatherings and more?
Yes, that is correct.
A lot of people who have gotten their COVID-19 vaccines outside of Korea, have found it difficult to prove their inoculation status when visiting coffee shops and restaurants.
MEANING they weren't eligible for vaccine incentives.
Kicking off Thursday though those who come to Korea with a quarantine exemption document can prove their inoculation status meaning they are now able to get the benefits of being vaccinated.
They can register their information online, using apps like 'Coov' at local health centers.
This will help travelers inoculated abroad and U.S. soldiers stationed in Korea prove their vaccination status.
However, it only applies to vaccines that are approved by the WHO.
Meanwhile Won-jong I hear a new side effect has been added to the list of health conditions following COVID-19 vaccination?
Yes, it's called menstrual disorder.
Actually there used to be only SEVEN items on the list of covid vaccine side effects.
However, Korea's health authorities are trying to cover a wider range of symptoms now to strengthen the monitoring system for COVID vaccination.
Take a look at this up on your screen right now.
We have fever pain swelling and redness vomiting headache fatigue allergic reaction and now menstrual disorder has been included.
Moving forward Won-jong what's the latest on offering enhanced protection against COVID-19?
Well Sunhee as you know, health authorities have started taking vaccine reservations for booster shots. for groups who are mostly exposed to a higher risk of catching COVID-19.
And reservations for booster shots have been launched?
Yes, just briefly bookings for booster shot vaccination has been started since Tuesday.
For those with underlying conditions, it starts in October 18th.
The actual vaccination will kick off in October 25th.
And who is eligible?
Since October 5th, those in their 60s and most medical workers have been able to apply for their booster jab.
They are getting an mRNA vaccine from either Pfizer or Moderna.
To clarify this a little more if you previously got the Pfizer vaccine for all doses, you will get another Pfizer shot.
And, if you had two doses of Moderna's shot your extra shot will also be from Moderna.
However if you were administered with AstraZeneca's vaccine, you will still receive either Pfizer or Moderna.
What if you had the AstraZeneca for the first dose and Pfizer for the second what will the third booster vaccine be?
They will still get either Pfizer or Moderna's vaccine.
But the booster shot for Janssen has not been decided yet. We will see.
Also I'd like to point out research says the effectiveness of Pfizer's booster shot is 11 times higher for preventing the infection and 19 times higher for preventing severe cases compared to does who didn't have an extra shot.
Won-jong, as always, thank you for your report.