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- Date2021-02-22 17:20
- Update2021-02-22 17:20
- DivisionDirector for International Affairs
COVID-19 vaccination to begin this week
February 22, 2021
The first doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines procured through COVAX Facility, enough to inoculate 58,000 people, are scheduled to arrive on Friday, February 26 and will be administered to 55,000 hospital workers caring for COVID-19 patients starting Saturday. The Pfizer vaccines will be administered through COVID-19 vaccination centers and some infectious disease specialty hospitals, for which on-site training will be provided for safe vaccination.
Administration of the AstraZeneca vaccine is scheduled to begin on Friday. The 1.5 million doses (for 750,000 people) produced by domestic firm SK Bioscience will be delivered to distribution centers over five days from February 24 to 28. The first round doses will be distributed to public health centers and convalescent hospitals nationwide during February 25-28.
Starting February 25, institutions handling vaccine administration will be able to look up eligible persons by name or resident registration number and record vaccination details in the electronic system.