Vaccinations Start: A Long Darkness Ends
Vaccinations Start: A Long Darkness Ends
  • Lee Min-ook
  • 승인 2021.06.18 15:37
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  Vaccinations, which will help end the seemingly endless spread of COVID-19, began on the 26th of last month. The government divided all citizens into four groups: ‘ga’ (A) - critical and death prevention, ‘na’ (B) - medicine, quarantine, maintaining essential social functions, ‘da’ (C) - community transmission (collective infection) prevention, and ‘la’ (D) - all others.
  They started with 50,000 COVID-treating hospital workers in February. 500,000 first responders, including high-risk medical institutions and epidemiological investigators, will be vaccinated from March. 8.5 million elderly, welfare facility users, workers, disabled, homeless people, and pharmacists will be vaccinated from May. Starting in July, the remaining 70 percent will be vaccinated, allowing the entire nation to receive the vaccine.
  Currently, Korea has secured the AstraZeneca and Janssen viral vector vaccines, the Pfizer and Moderna mRNA (hexane) vaccines, and the NovaVax recombinant vaccine. At the time of writing, the Moderna and Janssen vaccines had not yet been approved in Korea, so this may be changed in the future.
  As of February 28, 368 Daegu citizens and 399 North Gyeongsang Province residents have been vaccinated. Daegu plans to vaccinate about 30,000 medical workers between February and March. Among them, workers at the COVID-19 patient treatment hospital will be vaccinated with Pfizer, while others will be vaccinated with AstraZeneca. North Gyeongsang Province also plans to have 70,000 people vaccinated.
  The AstraZeneca vaccine is a British-developed viral vector vaccine that requires a secondary vaccination eight to twelve weeks after the first treatment. On the other hand, Pfizer offers an mRNA vaccine jointly developed by the U.S. and Germany, with the second vaccination 21 days after the first treatment.
  One of the precautions is that you will have to wait until the fourth quarter if you are not vaccinated in the correct order.

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