South Korea is inching closer to its goal of inoculating at least 70 percent of the population to reach herd immunity from the coronavirus.
Health authorities on Monday said they have raised the country's COVID-19 inoculation target for the first half of this year from the initial 13-million to 14-million which is some 27-percent of the population.
The increase is mainly due to Johnson and Johnson's Janssen vaccines, which Korea is receiving from the U.S., following U.S. President Joe Biden's pledge to donate vaccines for Korean troops during a meeting with President Moon Jae-in earlier this month.
"Starting Tuesday, reservations will begin for more than one-million doses of the Janssen vaccine provided by the U.S. following the South Korea-U.S. summit. In accordance with the agreement between the two countries, the vaccines are to be administered to military-related personnel."
The Janssen vaccines are to arrive in Seoul on a South Korean military aircraft this Saturday.
Those eligible to receive the shots include reservists, members of the civil defense and those related to the country's defense and foreign affairs over the age of 30.
Reservations for the Janssen vaccines start Tuesday with the actual inoculation taking place between June 10th and 20th.
As of Monday, more than five.four-million people in Korea have received COVID-19 vaccines which accounts for around 10-and-a-half-percent of the country's population.
Kim Ji-yeon, Arirang News.