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S. Korean public opinion divided on safety of COVID-19 vaccines Updated: 2021-02-26 05:57:15 KST

Frontline healthcare worker Oh Ji-seok has only seen his family once in the past 11 months.
So when he heard the news of the upcoming COVID-19 vaccine roll-outs, he was delighted, hoping this could mean a fast-track to the end of the pandemic.

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"I'm really happy to hear we're getting vaccinated. Also, I think it's good that we get the first jab because then people can wait and see the full effects. That would stabilize the process and perhaps prevent a medical accident when more vulnerable groups are vaccinated."

But not all health workers are so optimistic.

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"If I had a choice, I want to go to the back of the line. Most people around me are also quite reluctant to get vaccinated. Like me, they're all really worried about the safety and side effects."

The issue of safety has been gnawing on many people's minds.

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"I don't want to be the first to get vaccinated because I'm worried about safety."

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"I have asthma. So I want to get inoculated when I'm completely sure that it's safe for me. I want to see others get their jabs first and make sure it's safe."

"According to a recent survey, almost 70 percent of the respondents said that they are taking this “wait and see” approach before getting vaccinated. "

Another survey showed that the older the age group, the less they were worried about possible side effects.

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"I want to get vaccinated. I believe that we have to get vaccinated in order to end COVID-19 quickly and to not inflict harm on others."

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"I'm worried that the vaccinations will cause another illness other than COVID-19."

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"I have to get vaccinated. Why would I be worried. The rest of the world is already getting vaccinated."

Kim Yeon-seung, Arirang News
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