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S. Korea still aiming for herd immunity nationwide by November Updated: 2021-04-16 15:08:38 KST

South Korea's health authorities still have their eyes on reaching nationwide herd immunity by November.

"The government is keeping its strategy of creating herd immunity by November, and we will continue to put our full efforts toward achieving that goal."

To do so they will ramp up vaccine rollout.. by creating as many local vaccination centers as possible.
Countries in Europe like Germany and France have recommended that those under the age of 60 should 'mix and match' vaccines on safety concerns over rare blood clots linked to certain shots.
South Korea, however, is not considering that option for now BUT will discuss the possibility if deemed necessary.

The nation gave more than 92-thousand first-dose jabs on this Friday raising the total to over 1-point 3 million people - roughly 2.6 percent of the South Korean population.
49 days since the first vaccine rollout, 60-thousand have received their second shots.

The daily Covid-19 tally stood at 6-hundred 73 today - over 60 percent of which came from the greater Seoul area.
That raises the total caseload for this country to more than 112-thousand.
Health officials here have been on their toes as sporadic cluster infections continue to pop up at high-risk venues and are tightening the screws.

"The joint inspection teams will check on prevention guidelines for each facility and they will take legal action against those who are violating the rules against gathering restrictions."

Seven inspection teams will partner up with police and local governments and complete their probe on nine types of facilities such as schools and restaurants by June.
Choi Won-jong, Arirang News.
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