[WORD_ON_THE_WEB] 'Don't suspend it temporarily, just put an end to it'

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[WORD_ON_THE_WEB] 'Don't suspend it temporarily, just put an end to it'

While the accumulated number of Covid-19 patients in Korea surpassed 3 million with daily cases over 130,000 on Tuesday, the government temporarily halted the vaccine pass system.
“To readjust public health measures to fit the Omicron variant and considering fairness regarding age and region, the government will temporarily suspend the vaccine pass enforcement at 11 types of facility including restaurants and cafes,” Interior Minister Jeon Hae-cheol said Monday. “The measure will allow public health centers to concentrate on managing patients in critical condition and is expected to further strengthen our administrative capacity in dealing with Omicron.”
Although the vaccine pass is gone for the time being, the government still encouraged people to get their booster shots. Jeon emphasized that a booster is 83.6 percent effective in preventing critical conditions and 86.7 percent effective in preventing death.

“All this right before the presidential election. Does a temporary suspension mean the vaccine pass will be implemented again when the election ends?”
"Why are we suspending the vaccine pass system at such an important time? A temporary suspension when infections are peaking? It just seems like its going to cause chaos ahead of the elections."
“I respect the government’s decision, we should get ourselves together and be extra careful with our health.”
"Don't suspend it temporarily, just put an end to it. It was so hard for me as an unvaccinated person. I guess it will be much better now."

“People don't like it when there is the vaccine pass, and then there's also people who don't like it when its suspended. We have one twentieth of Covid-19 deaths compared to countries in Europe and the United States. Isn’t this good enough? That was possible because of people who got vaccinated and abide by the rules — and also excluding the people leaving vile comments here.”

BY LEE SI-YEOUNG, LEE TAE-HEE [lee.taehee2@joongang.co.kr]
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