1 in 5 COVID-19 patients in S. Korea are teenagers
Updated: 2021-10-22 17:02:22 KST
As many teenagers in South Korea are still unvaccinated they have been seeing a rise in COVID-19 cases.
According to the KDCA's recent figures 13.7 percent of cases from September 19th to 25th were from those aged below 18.
Two weeks later the rate went up to 16.6 percent.
And, just last week from October 10th to 16th it reached close to nearly 20-percent of the total caseload meaning ONE in FIVE patients are teenagers.
Seoul's education ministry also reported that the daily tally among teenagers went from nearly 150 cases in September to more than 2-hundred cases in October.
However, the infection rate for those in their 20s went down from 22-percent now to 17-point 3 percent.
Meanwhile the vaccination campaign for teenagers is underway in Korea.
Those aged 16 or 17 have been getting vaccinated since October 18th and they can continue to make reservations until October 29th.
For 12-to-15-year-olds bookings will run until November 12th.
Their vaccinations will start at the beginning of November.
They need permission from their parents, and will get the Pfizer vaccine.
Choi Won-jong, Arirang News.