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of today (15th), the number of people who have received the corona vaccine has exceeded 13 million. One in four Koreans has completed the first dose of the vaccine. Vaccination started at the end of February, a little later than other countries, but this month, the pace accelerated and overtook Japan, and now the vaccination rate is higher than the global average. The 25% inoculation rate, which was the goal in the first half, was achieved about a week earlier than expected.

This is Cho Dong-chan, medical reporter.


The first person to be vaccinated in Korea was the director of a children's rehabilitation hospital who received the AstraZeneca vaccine at the end of February.

80% of the hospital's medical staff, including the hospital director, completed the second dose.

[Tae / Nexon Kids Rehabilitation Hospital (domestic call vaccinated): Maybe radeunga its overall (children with) medical services eopeotjiman only be passive, more aggressive any remedial actions, the service was enabled]

inoculation early vaccination coverage olratji However, it did not immediately lead to a decrease in the number of new cases.

The number of confirmed cases per day has decreased slightly, but it is still too early to be relieved.

However, the incidence of gastric and severe cases, particularly the death rate, decreased sharply.

The average daily death toll in the last week has fallen to two.

This is due to the large-scale vaccination of the elderly and chronically ill, high-risk groups.

At one time, there was a controversy surrounding the side effects of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

In particular, the case of a nursing assistant who suffered from quadriplegia after vaccination led to a national petition, and there was also an instruction from the president to compensate for the cost of treatment.

['Triplegia' Nursing Assistant Guardian: (Nursing Assistant) has improved a lot. Still, it's a nerve injury, so it needs to be treated for more than a year. From the outside, it looks fine, but the limbs are numb (symptoms remain.)]

Now, the reservation rate has risen and the fever for the remaining vaccinations has risen.

In order not to lose confidence in the restored vaccine, kind explanations for adverse reactions and active compensation are required.

['Triplegia' Nursing Assistant Guardian: We are unable to deal with industrial accidents right now. I even talked to the president, so (the department in charge) said that I had to do it… .] In

order to achieve the first dose of 36 million people in September and collective immunity in November, it is important to get vaccinated without any setbacks, and to manage quarantine according to mutant virus and relaxation of social distancing.

(Video editing: Lee So-young)