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S. Korea to compensate those who develop severe side effects; plans to distribute more AZ and Pfizer vaccines Updated: 2021-05-17 13:45:03 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.
Meanwhile, the government aims to resume its rollout of first shots of the Pfizer vaccine starting Saturday.
The rollout had been temporarily halted because of unstable supply.
The resumption will allow about 2 million people to get their first shots before the end of June.
Around 3.7 million people, including elderly citizens aged 75 and older and nursing home workers are eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccines within the second quarter.
Also, more Pfizer doses are expected to arrive on Wednesday.
The country has received shipments of around 430-thousand doses on the past two Wednesdays, and will get another shipment next Wednesday.
And throughout Monday, more than 1 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine produced locally in Andong City will be distributed across the country.
Also on Monday, the Central Disease Control Headquarters will hold a meeting to discuss the financial support needed for the domestic development of mRNA vaccines, the same method used for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.
The headquarters recently did a survey on companies developing mRNA vaccines and found that 17 local firms are in need of support.
Bae Eun-ji, Arirang News.
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