As of today (17th), the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in Korea has exceeded 70%.

This is the first record since February 26, when vaccination was started in Korea.

The Corona 19 Vaccination Response Promotion Team (Promotional Team) said, "As of 5 pm today, the cumulative number of primary vaccinations was 36,04,101, and the vaccination rate was 70.1% of the total population." It corresponds to 81.5% of those over the age of 18 who are vaccinated.”

The government initially set a goal of completing the vaccination of 36 million people, 70% of the total, by the 19th, before the Chuseok holiday, but it was achieved two days earlier.

According to the previous cumulative vaccination record, 1 million on April 5, the 39th day of vaccination, 5 million on May 28, the 92nd day, 10 million on June 10, the 105th day, and 1,000 on the 114th day, June 19. 5 million, 20 million on August 3, the 159th day, 25 million on August 20, 176, and 30 million on September 5, 192, respectively.

The primary vaccination rate by gender is 70.5% for women and 67.4% for men as of 00:00 today.

The primary vaccination rate for the rest of the age groups, where vaccination was started relatively late, was 70.8% in their 40s, 68.0% in their 18s to 29s, and 67.2% in their 30s.

The government plans to focus on raising the vaccination completion rate to 70% by the end of October, as the primary vaccination rate was 70% early.

As of 5 p.m. today, 21,8886,103 people have completed vaccination, which is 42.6% of the population.

Prime Minister Kim Bu-gyeom announced earlier in the morning at a meeting of the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarters at the government complex in Seoul, "The government will now speed up the second vaccination."

The government believes that when 70% of the population is vaccinated, a framework for forming herd immunity will be established.

Herd immunity refers to a state in which the majority of members of a specific group have developed immunity to the virus and are no longer easily infected, and the threshold is 70%.

However, recently, the 'delta' mutation, which is more contagious than the existing virus, is leading the fourth domestic pandemic, and there are also cases of so-called 'breakthrough infection', which is confirmed after completion of vaccination.