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S. Korea begins administering second doses of AZ vaccine on Friday Updated: 2021-05-14 07:02:08 KST

Our top story this morning, eleven weeks have passed since South Korea's mass vaccine campaign kicked off and finally, second doses of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine will be given out starting today.
We have our Han Seong-woo on the line to give us more on the latest development.
Seong-woo, tell us more.

Well Mok-yeon, nursing home residents and staff under 65 years old are among the first in line for the second doses.
And those under 30, who received their first dose before the government's age restriction was implemented due to blood clot concerns, can decide themselves if they want the second shot or not.
Around 926-thousand people are eligible for the second doses between now and June.
People who refuse to get vaccinated with their second doses now but choose to get them later will not be stripped of their priority recipient status.
Health authorities are urging active participation, though, noting that data from abroad shows side effects are less frequent for the second dose.
The roll out is expected to speed up the recent slowdown in South Korea's vaccine campaign.
So far, only one.six percent of South Korea's population has been fully vaccinated.

Seong-woo, let's now shift to the daily new infections. We entered the seven hundreds once again yesterday. Has it gone up today from Thursday's tally?

It has.
With cluster infections still popping up nationwide, South Korea reported 747 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday.
It's the second day in a row the daily figure's been in the seven hundreds, pushing the total number of cases above the 130-thousand mark.
729 of Friday's caseload were transmitted locally, with Seoul and the surrounding area accounting for around 430.
Two more have died, raising the death toll to one,893.
That's all I have for now Mok-yeon.
Back to you.
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