In a bid to boost public participation, South Korean Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum pledged to provide more incentives for people who get fully vaccinated.
In a briefing Sunday, Kim expressed hope of returning to normalcy by September when herd immunity is achieved, citing the example of the U.S., where CDC guidelines say fully vaccinated people no longer have to wear masks.
But he added, that doesn't mean quickly loosening the distancing rules, pointing to the UK, where measures are still in place, even when half of its population has been vaccinated.
"I ask related ministries to devise a set of incentives for fully vaccinated people, to the extent these measures don't harm the country's containment efforts."
These measures would include signing vaccine passport deals with other countries, and issuing vaccine certificates on paper in addition to the digital ones.
South Korea is trying to boost participation as it takes vaccine reservations for people over 60.
Some 48 percent of eligible recipients have signed up, but the Prime Minister called for greater participation, stressing that the vaccine is safe.
And in their briefing the same day, the health authorities said there are enough doses for the campaign to go ahead as planned.
"The government has more than enough vaccine doses to inoculate 13 million people by the end of June, as promised. Now it's time to focus our efforts on the actual inoculations, not the supply."
< The arrival of more shipments will also allow South Korea to resume giving first doses of Pfizer to new recipients, which has currently been halted.>
Lee Kyung-eun, Arirang News.