South Korean Government have decided to shorten the vaccination interval for COVID-19 booster shots to three months amid surging cases in the country.
This was disclosed on Friday by the country’s Prime Minister, Kim Boo-kyum.
Speaking in a government anti-virus meeting, Kim Boo-kyum stated that the vaccination interval would be shortened to let all adults aged 18 or above receive the third dose of the vaccines three months after the primary vaccination.
According to Boo-kyum, the decision came as the daily number of confirmed COVID-19 cases topped 7,000 for the past three days.
South Korean Government in November, reduced the interval from six months to five months for those aged 18-59 and to four months for those aged 60 or higher and people with underlying disease.
The country’s full vaccination rate reached 81.0 per cent of the total population, while 10.3 per cent of the population received booster shots.
There are also plan to issue an administrative order to additionally secure about 1,900 hospital beds for critically ill patients.
South Korea has seen a rise in the number of infected people who were in a serious condition with the number rising to 852.
53 more deaths were confirmed, raising the death toll to 4,130 and the total fatality rate came to 0.82 per cent.
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