South Korea on Thursday began accepting reservations for COVID-19 vaccines, for the next group of senior citizens.
This round will cover people aged 60 to 74 using the AstraZeneca shot.
Vaccinations have already started… for people over 75, who are getting the Pfizer vaccine.
Reservations for this next round will start with the oldest group on May 6th those aged 70 to 74.
Those 65 to 69 are next on May 10th, followed by the rest three days later.
The actual inoculations will start on May 27th for those aged 65 to 74, and from June 6th for those aged 60 to 64.
This comes after the government decided to ramp up the vaccination campaign by doing the 60 to 64s earlier than previously planned.
"Vaccinating the over 60s is the most effective way to contain transmission among our seniors and to prevent severe disease or death should they be infected."
Data show.. that seniors over the age of 65 have the lowest chances of vaccine side effects at less than point-two percent.
Anaphylaxis is found to be very rare for all ages, with only 30 cases confirmed since vaccinations started in February.
With inoculations well underway, vaccine doses are arriving in Korea on time with no delays so far.
The country received an additional 436-thousand doses from Pfizer on Thursday, which adds up to more than 1.1 million doses available for rollout immediately.
And by the end of June, Korea is expected to receive some 5 million more Pfizer doses and 7.2 million AstraZeneca doses.
Experts say the success of the vaccination campaign now depends on public confidence.
And the latest government survey shows around 61 percent of people said they do intend to get vaccinated.
Lee Kyung-eun, Arirang News.