S. KOREA BEGINS INOCULATING MILITARY-PERSONNEL WITH JANSSEN VACCINE

Highlights –

  • S. Korea begins inoculating military-personnel with Janssen vaccine.
  • The Janssen vaccine is the fourth to be imported into South Korea.
  • Shipments of 1.01 million doses of the Janssen vaccine arrived here on June 5.
  • Janssen vaccine will be administered to 894,000 military-related personnel.

On Thursday, South Korean military-related personnel began to get the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine provided by the United States, with many of them hoping for an imminent return to normal life.

According to reports, the Janssen vaccine is the fourth to be imported into South Korea after AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. The vaccine is dubbed the “one-shot vaccine” as it is administered as a single dose. Other vaccines require two doses.

Last month in accordance with a summit agreement between President Moon Jae-in and U.S. President Joe Biden, shipments of 1.01 million doses of the Janssen vaccine arrived in the country on June 5.

The Moon government mentioned that the Janssen vaccine will currently be administered to 894,000 military-related personnel. This includes members of reserve forces and civil defense corps between age 30 and 60. On June 1, reservations for 900,000 doses were completed within 18 hours.

According to reports, despite concern about side effects from some vaccines, a growing number of South Koreans tired of the prolonged COVID-19 outbreaks wish to get vaccinated to return to normal life. The Janssen vaccine was temporarily paused in the U.S. in April due to rare cases of serious blood clots in women who had received that vaccine.

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