ROK opens COVID-19 vaccine reservations for all adults
The Republic of Korea aims to immunise over 70% of adults by September as it vaccinates those in the 18-49 age bracket with Moderna or Pfizer/BioNTech's products.
Republic of Korea (ROK) begins opening COVID-19 vaccine reservations for all adults over 18 for the first time on Monday as it scrambles to stave off a rise in sporadic outbreaks, many of them among young, unvaccinated residents.
The ROK was praised for its handling of the virus in the beginning of the pandemic with thorough tracing and testing, but a slow vaccination uptake has overlapped with surge in more transmissible variants.
Some 45% of thr ROK's 52 million population have had at least one dose of vaccine, while just 15% have been fully vaccinated as of Sunday midnight.
The country aims to immunise over 70% of adults by September as it vaccinates those in the 18-49 age bracket with Moderna or Pfizer/BioNTech's products.
Inoculation for the age group is due to start on August 26 and is scheduled to run until September 30.
The ROK's death rate stands at 1.00% as of Sunday, while the number of serious cases that require ventilators continues to rise, with 367 cases currently rated severe.
The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) reported 1,492 new coronavirus cases for Sunday.
Total infections stand at 212,448, with 2,125 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
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