The nation’s COVID-19 vaccination rate is set to gain further speed with inoculation set to begin next month for teenagers and pregnant women.
The state vaccine task force said Tuesday that the government will vaccinate some two-point-eight million youths aged between 12 and 17 as well as expecting mothers from October 18.
From October 25, the government will administer booster shots for high risk groups, including the elderly and medical workers who have been fully vaccinated for at least six months.
The government also plans to shorten the interval between first and second doses for people receiving their second shots of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines between October 11 and November 14.
The task force is aiming to complete shots for 90 percent of the elderly and 80 percent of all adults by the end of October to pave the way for a transition into a system of living with the virus.
As of 12 a.m. Tuesday, 75 percent of the nation’s population has received at least one COVID-19 vaccine while 46-point-six percent have been fully vaccinated.