From tomorrow (the 14th), even if a family member is confirmed with COVID-19, students can go to school regardless of whether they are vaccinated or not.

As the number of confirmed children continues to increase with school attendance, the Pfizer vaccination plan for children aged 5 to 11 will be announced tomorrow.

This is reporter Jeon Yeon-nam.


The Ministry of Education originally planned to expand classes starting this week after the two-week adjustment week for the new semester ends.

However, as the spread of the infection did not decrease, the policy was changed.

This week, individual schools are also allowed to flexibly choose between attending school and distance learning.

[Ryu Hye-sook/Director of Student Support Bureau of the Ministry of Education (last 10 days): Recently, the number of confirmed cases in children, especially elementary and elementary school students, is increasing.

If the number of confirmed cases increases now, students at high risk for underlying diseases may be at risk.]

In the first week of March, when school started, the number of confirmed students reached 25,000 in Seoul alone.

This is a nearly five-fold increase from before the start of school.

Starting tomorrow, students with family members who live together who have been confirmed with COVID-19 will be able to go to school regardless of whether they are vaccinated or not.

However, it is recommended to undergo a PCR test within 3 days of the family test date and a rapid antigen test on the 6th to 7th days.

[Lee Seung-hoon / Yangcheon-gu, Seoul: (Children) both have not received the vaccine yet, so I am worried that (if confirmed at school) they will get sick.]

The government will also announce detailed plans for Pfizer vaccinations for children aged 5 to 11 tomorrow.

Two doses of vaccination are given at three-week intervals, and the government plans to leave it up to parents to decide whether or not to be vaccinated.

However, we plan to recommend vaccination first for children in high-risk groups, such as those with weakened immunity.

(Video coverage: Seol Seol-hwan, video editing: Park Ki-duk)