South Korea will further reduce the interval for boosting its Covid-19 vaccine for all adults, from four to five months to three months, officials said today as it seeks to tackle record-breaking infections. while concerns are expressed about the Omicron variant.
The move comes three weeks after the government reduced the interval to the booster dose for people aged 60 and over and for priority groups at four months out of six. The interval for all other adults was five months.
“The government has decided to shorten the interval so that all adults can get an extra dose of the vaccine three months after the initial vaccination,” said Prime Minister Kim Bu-kyum in an inter-service meeting.
“Our ability to respond medically is rapidly depleting as we have more than 7,000 new cases for the third day in a row,” he added.
South Korea has so far fully vaccinated almost 94% of its adult population and more than 31% of its approximately 17 million people who can receive a booster dose have already been vaccinated.
However, since last month, when the rules of distancing eased, the country has been facing a growing number of new cases, putting a lot of pressure on its medical system. The total number of infections in the country since the beginning of the pandemic today reached 503,606 and their deaths 4,130.
Source From: Capital
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