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More AstraZeneca vaccines distributed in S. Korea in time for second dose Updated: 2021-05-14 15:03:34 KST

"Some 3 months after the last time, Gangnam-gu District's health authorities have returned to this nursing care center. They are here to administer the second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine to the residents and workers under 65 years old."

The AstraZeneca vaccine requires a second dose 11 to 12 weeks after the first.
But a lot has changed in terms of people's perception of the AstraZeneca vaccine since the initial roll out in February as cases of blood clots have emerged globally with suspected links to the vaccine.

"As the ones working in the medical field, we didn't reject the vaccinations. We are doing our best because all vaccines have side effects anyway."

Some 926-thousand are eligible for their second doses starting Friday and for the ones who got theirs, it couldn't come soon enough.

"I really wish for a fast return to normalcy right now there's the gathering ban of 5 or more people, but soon I hope I can have a meal with more people than that."

More than 830-thousand doses of AstraZeneca vaccines arrived in South Korea on Thursday from the COVAX Facility and have been delivered to facilities nationwide.
And, more than 590-thousand doses on Saturday.
These 590-thousand are domestically-manufactured doses the government bought directly from AstraZeneca.
These doses will first be used as second shots, but more will come by the 27th of this month when anyone over 65 can get them.
The authorities are also trying to ramp up the vaccination process by making the no-show vaccines available for anyone interested regardless of age when this period rolls around.

"This will be carried out in cooperation with private platforms such as Naver and Kakao. People can check the map for nearby vaccination centers where no-show vaccines are available. If you can visit and get the vaccination on the same day, you can reserve your dose."

As for the country's vaccination status so far, more than 825-thousand people have received their second doses almost all of them Pfizer as this vaccine requires a shorter waiting time between shots.
Kim Do-yeon, Arirang News.
Reporter : tkim@arirang.com
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