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Sailors and prisoners to start receiving vaccines on Monday; Moderna doses to arrive in afternoon Updated: 2021-08-23 08:50:22 KST

Do-yeon, now let's talk about the vaccination drive.
A big week lies ahead for the nation where is the country now in terms of vaccinations?

Mok-yeon, sailors as well as inmates at correctional facilities will start to get their COVID-19 jabs on Monday.
The jabs are going to be the Janssen vaccine as it only requires one dose for recipients to be considered fully vaccinated and sailors and prisoners need prompt inoculation as they are more exposed to outbreaks given the conditions they are under.
Janssen, however, is only available for those aged 30 or above, so younger members of these groups will receive one of the mRNA vaccines.
This comes as last week, a second batch of Janssen vaccines from the U.S. was delivered to South Korea around 400-thousand doses.
Speaking of supplies more Moderna doses are due to arrive today at 2:20 PM.
About one million doses will arrive at Incheon International Airport, with the remaining six million starting to arrive the following week continuing until early September.
This is good news for health authorities as in just three days, the inoculation of people from 18 to 49 starts the biggest age group for the vaccination drive so far.
As for the status nearly 26 million of the those eligible in the country received at least their first dose and the goal is to have that number reach 36 million by the Chuseok holidays Korean Thanksgiving which comes in late September.
Reporter : tkim@arirang.com
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