South Korea will start accepting COVID-19 vaccine reservations,for the next group of senior citizens on Thursday,.. those aged between 60 and 64.
That's the final round of the three-stage reservation program,covering those aged 60 to 74.
The previous rounds for the two oldest groups already began,with the booking rate standing at 47 percent for those aged 70 to 74,and at 31 percent for those aged 65 to 69.
Authorities once again urged active participation.
"95 percent of reported COVID-19 related deaths are among those aged over 60. However, the risk of infection drops by 86 percent with just a single dose of vaccine, and the risk of severe cases drastically declines too in those who get infected."
While moving on to the next phase of its inoculation campaign,the country is receiving more vaccines.
Earlier on Wednesday, an additional 438-thousand doses of the Pfizer vaccine have arrived.
That's on top of the 4 million doses,that the country will receive,between now and the end of June.
In total, Pfizer is contracted to supply South Korea,with 66 million doses by the end of the year.
Also on Thursday,.. the country is set to receive 835-thousand doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine,from the COVAX Facility.
And the next day,on Friday,.. local drugmaker SK Bioscience will also start distributing,a large batch of the AstraZeneca vaccines,that it's producing on consignment.
A total of 7.2 million AstraZeneca doses will be rolled out in phases,from May 14th to the early-June.
Meanwhile, the health authorities say,their plan to review Novavax's vaccines remains UNCHANGED despite the drugmaker's decision to apply for emergency authorization later than previously planned, in the third quarter.
Lee Kyung-eun, Arirang News.