The government is considering a plan to administer the COVID-19 vaccine only one day a week for each inoculation institution.

This is because Pfizer, Moderna, and Vaccine discard rates have risen sharply.

The number of daily vaccinations, which increased to 1.32 million at the end of last year, has recently decreased to around 10,000.

One bottle of Pfizer vaccine can hold up to 6 people and Moderna can get up to 20 people, but it should be thrown away 6 hours after opening.

The rate of discarded Pfizer vaccines after opening has increased from 7% in February to 42% last month.

During the same period, the moderna vaccine discard rate rose from 64.6% to 86.6%.

The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) is actively reviewing the idea of ​​inoculating one day a week.

However, in that case, it may be difficult to speed up the 4th dose of the 60-year-old or older who started today (the 14th).

You also need to pay attention to the expiration date of the vaccine, which is 6 months.

The expiration date of 11.81 million servings will expire sequentially by August.

The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is discussing a plan to donate surplus vaccine to foreign countries, but many countries have high vaccination rates, and countries with poor medical conditions lack refrigeration facilities.

More details are provided by SBS 8 News.