Leftover vaccines can be found online
Covid-19 vaccines left over after people didn't show up to get them will be available for anyone interested starting Thursday — and you can sign up to receive alerts about leftover vaccine at neighborhood clinics and hospitals.
Foreigners covered by Korean health insurance and over the age of 30 are included.
The Covid-19 Vaccination Task Force announced Tuesday that it will test-run a leftover reservation system via Naver and Kakao for two weeks starting Thursday, when AstraZeneca vaccinations for people aged between 65 to 74 will begin.
For the time being, the service will only allow reservation for left-over AstraZeneca vaccines, and health authorities did not say when Pfizer vaccines will also be available.
From 1 p.m. on Thursday, people can check available vaccine doses in nearby clinics and hospitals in real-time through Naver and Kakao, and make a reservation on the same day. They can also get notified when a medical institution has a left-over vaccine. Up to five institutions can be checked.
Previously, people had to call or visit a medical institution and put their names on a waiting list to receive leftover shots.
People who have already been vaccinated or made a reservation through the existing system won't be eligible. Neither will people under 30 — born after January 1, 1992 — who are excluded from AstraZeneca vaccinations.
Foreigners must have an alien registration card and Korean health insurance.
On Naver, you can view available locations by searching “left-over vaccine” in Korean on Naver's website (www.naver.com), the NAVER application or the NAVER Map application.
On KakaoTalk, you can view by clicking on the “left-over vaccine” page on the (#) tab at the bottom of the screen. The KakaoMap app will be updated Thursday for these functions.
To make a reservation, you must select a medical institution and click the “reservation” button after going through an identity verification.
The AstraZeneca vaccine can inoculate up to ten people per one vial, but once opened, the vial must be used within six hours.
“Vaccination can greatly reduce both the possibility of Covid-19 infection and the risk of death," said Jeong Eun-kyeong, commissioner of the KDCA. "We expect more people to participate in the vaccination through the new system."
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