Nearly 80 percent of Korea’s population will complete their vaccination by the end of this month, health authorities forecasted Wednesday, as the country accelerates its vaccination rollout.
Jabs will not be mandatory for minors aged 12 to 17, health authorities reassured in an announcement Tuesday, as they admitted the benefits are not particularly high for healthy children and adolescents.
Korea's Covid-19 vaccination rate for first doses exceeded those of the United States and Japan.
Korea’s daily new coronavirus cases surged to over 2,000 again on Wednesday, putting health authorities on high alert ahead of the country’s major national holiday coming up in less than two weeks.
The government’s top disease official said Tuesday Korea will be able shift its Covid-19 strategy towards living with the virus at the end of October, when at least 80 percent of adults are set to be fully vaccinated.
Korea reported Thursday its highest number of deaths in a single day since the country's most severe wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, along with a surge in severe cases and overall infections.
The government predicted that Korea’s Covid-19 cases will hit a peak after the Chuseok harvest holidays in mid-September, as cases hover around 2,000 despite the stricter distancing measures implemented for over a month.
The number of Covid-19 critical cases and fatalities among unvaccinated young people is on the rise, health authorities said.
One in ten new Covid-19 cases in Korea during the past week were reported to be foreign residents, health authorities announced as new Covid-19 cases hover around 2,000.
President Moon Jae-in said 70 percent of the country’s population will be vaccinated with a second dose of a Covid-19 vaccine by the end of October, a month earlier than the initial plan.