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Gov't to compensate those who develop severe side effects, as it plans to resume rollout of Pfizer vaccines Updated: 2021-05-17 07:27:38 KST

Starting Monday, the South Korean government has decided to compensate people who develop severe side effects after getting vaccinated even if they cannot prove a direct causal link between the vaccine and the symptoms.
They can receive up to ten-million Korean won, or about 8,800 U.S. dollars.
Previously, government compensation for vaccine side effects were limited to cases where a causal link was proven.
Those eligible can sign up for the aid at their local public health centers.

"Vaccination can contain the risk of the spread of widespread infection and cluster infections that have been appearing at nursing homes."

So far, roughly 7.3 percent of South Korea's total population have received the first jabs of their COVID-19 vaccines and the figure for those who have gotten their second shots stands at around 1.8 percent.
The country's COVID-19 vaccination task force has asked citizens aged 75 and older to schedule their appointments within this week.
This comes as the nation plans to resume offering first doses of the Pfizer vaccine on Saturday to 2.4 million people.
If the planned vaccinations are completed in the coming weeks, more than 80 percent of the target population, which includes senior citizens aged 75 and over, will have been vaccinated.
And throughout the day, 1.6-8 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine produced at a manufacturing plant in Andong City will be distributed across the country.
Bae Eun-ji, Arirang News.
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