June 29, 2022

South Korea have recorded over 50 percent of the country’s youth between 12 and 17 to receive the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and some 40.1 percent to be fully vaccinated.

According to Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency, around 1.55 million teenagers have received the first dose of the vaccine, this is about 55.9 percent of the age group.

Summary of the vaccination rate among youth –

• Compared to a younger age group, the rate of vaccination in older youths is higher in the country.
• The youth aged between 16 and 17 year old, among them, more than 70 percent have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
• Around 67.9 percent have been fully vaccinated, and among them they have received the Pfizer vaccine.
• Government authorities in order to encourage the vaccination of youths will be extending reservations until Dec. 31. While youths in the same age group can also walk-in for vaccination at medical centers.
• The health agency mentioned that 16.1 percent of 31,174 COVID-19 patients between the age of 12 and 17as of Sunday have been hospitalized and 14 patients are in serious condition.

According to authorities, they have strongly suggested to youth aged between 12 and 17 to be vaccinated for COVID-19 as the rate of infection among the same is on the rise. The same happened after the country moved on to the “living with COVID-19” scheme, which has now been now-scrapped.

Although the vaccination rate of teenagers is on the rise, the government-led outreach vaccination program on the other hand has been experiencing certain difficulties.

The Education Ministry even though had announced the program to start off earlier on Wednesday; most schools in the country are yet to be prepare itself and are to run the program from next week.

Some schools due to low demand have also reportedly pulled out from the program. The students now would have to be vaccinated individually.

According to the Ministry of Education, in a survey that it had conducted, 83,928 out of 489,062 students had mentioned that they were willing to be vaccinated through the outreach program. The survey has been accounted for about 7 percent of the age group, including teenagers outside of schools.