- Title: South Korea begins COVID-19 vaccine rollout for 18-49 year olds
- Date: 26th August 2021
- Summary: SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA (AUGUST 26, 2021) (REUTERS) CHIEF NURSE AT SARANG GENERAL HOSPITAL ROLLING UP WOMAN'S SLEEVE NURSE ADMINISTERING VACCINE TO WOMAN VARIOUS OF VACCINE VIALS AND SYRINGES NURSE PREPARING FOR VACCINE INOCULATION NURSE DRAWING VACCINE FROM VIAL VARIOUS OF WOMAN GETTING VACCINE (SOUNDBITE) (Korean) 20-YEAR-OLD SOUTH KOREA'S UNIVERSITY STUDENT, LEE MIN-SEON, SAYING: "It was so bad that there was no on-site classes, so I have never been to a lecture room in person. I entered the university to study at there but couldn't. Since I got vaccination now, I hope that the on-site lectures will be held actively for people who got vaccinated." PERSON WAITING TO BE VACCINATED 35-YEAR-OLD SOUTH KOREAN RESIDENT, HONG SU-YEON, WALKING INTO ROOM TO GET VACCINATED NURSE ADMINISTERING VACCINE (SOUNDBITE) (Korean) 35-YEAR-OLD SOUTH KOREAN RESIDENT, HONG SU-YEON, SAYING: "I couldn't meet people (due to social distancing rules), and I felt bad as I always had to go home early at 10 o'clock. But now that I'm vaccinated, I feel like the inconvenience is resolved a bit." NURSE PREPARING VACCINES VACCINE VIALS AND SYRINGES ON TABLE NURSE INSERTING NEEDLE INTO VACCINE VIAL NURSE DRAWING VACCINE FROM VIAL EXTERIOR OF SARANG GENERAL HOSPITAL SIGN READING (Korean): "COVID-19 VACCINATION"
- Embargoed: 9th September 2021 07:09
- Keywords: COVID-19 Pfizer Pfizer-Biontech South Korea coronavirus vaccination vaccines young people
- Location: SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA
- City: SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA
- Country: South Korea
- Topics: Asia / Pacific,Health/Medicine
- Reuters ID: LVA001ERX0AX3
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- Story Text:South Korea began its coronavirus vaccine rollout for people aged between 18 and 49 on Thursday (August 26), as it aims to give at least one dose to 70% of the population and fully vaccinate 50% by September amid a surge in COVID-19 cases.
South Korea reported 20 COVID-19 deaths for Wednesday (August 25), the highest daily count this year, as the number of severe cases more than doubled since the current and worst wave of infections began in July.
South Korea has been struggling to boost its immunisation drive that began in February amid supply shortages and shipment delays, with about 52.7% of its 52 million people having received at least one dose, while just 26% are fully vaccinated.
According to Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA), the country reported 1,882 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total to 243,317. A total of 2,257 people have died so far.
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