Jung Ki-seok, the head of the Corona 19 Special Response Team and the head of the National Infectious Disease Crisis Response Advisory Committee, predicted that 75% of the high-risk group may have immunity by the end of next month, which is being discussed as the time to lift the indoor mask duty.
However, he added that the target of the high-risk group's vaccination rate must be met for this to happen, and the recent increase in patients with severe and severe conditions may be a variable.
Director Jeong said at a regular briefing today (19th), "It is estimated that about 20 million Koreans have immunity to respond to Corona 19 as of today due to the government's active encouragement of improved vaccine vaccination."
In particular, it was estimated that about half of the 14.5 million people in the high-risk group, including the elderly, would have immunity, including vaccinated people (4.2 million people), confirmed people (2.2 million people), and hidden infected people (1.1 million people).
At the same time, Director Jeong said, "As far as everyone is expecting, around the end of January," about 75% of people who have been immunized by infection or vaccination are premised on achieving the target of 60% and 50% of the winter vaccination rate for the elderly and vulnerable facilities, respectively. I predicted that it would be.
He said, “Rather than when discussing other discussions now, the key to whether we can go closer to daily life is how to increase the vaccination rate of improved vaccines.” All policies, including the so-called indoor mask (removal of the mandated), can be moved forward."
The National Infectious Disease Crisis Response Advisory Committee, chaired by Director Chung, will meet via video this afternoon to discuss lifting the obligation to wear indoor masks.
Based on the opinions of the advisory committee, on the 23rd, the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasure Headquarters will announce a plan to adjust the obligations.
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