Today (31st), the number of new corona patients is expected to be around 400, reflecting the effect of the decrease in the number of tests over the weekend. Following AstraZeneca and Pfizer, Moderna and Janssen vaccines will also start inoculation in Korea from next month.

Reporter Kim Soo-young reports.


55,000 doses of Moderna vaccine entering Korea for the first time tomorrow.

It was originally scheduled to arrive today, but it was delayed by a day due to local circumstances.

We plan to vaccinate those under the age of 30 at hospital level or higher medical institutions.

As the AstraZeneca vaccine was restricted to those under the age of 30 due to a rare thrombotic side effect, it was not possible to receive the vaccine as planned.

Vaccinations begin in June.

[Jeong Eun-kyung/Director of the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Once the vaccination is completed, it is expected that the infection prevention and patient protection of medical institutions will be strengthened.]

As the vaccination for the elderly aged 65-74 started on the 27th, the vaccination rate exceeded 10%.

From a week later, 60-64 year-olds and teachers of kindergartens and daycare centers will also receive the vaccine.

Following the existing AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines, Moderna and Janssen vaccines will also start inoculation from next month, so the government's goal is to get the first dose of 13 million people in the first half of the year.

However, even if the primary goal is achieved, since three-fourths of the population is not vaccinated, it is necessary to achieve 70% inoculation rate to achieve herd immunity.

With three days left until the deadline, the pre-booking rate for the elderly is currently 68%.