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[사회]Vaccine uselessness appeared in Omicron…”Third dose is also effective in Omicron”

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In Korea, as a confirmed person infected with the Omicron mutation came out, there was an emergency in quarantine.

The government and doctors’ groups have urged the government to get vaccinated, saying that the third dose is essential to overcome the COVID-19 crisis and have a safe winter.

He emphasized that if you boost your immunity with the third inoculation, it is also effective in countering Omicron.

Reporter Gye Hoon-hee reports.

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A couple in their 40s, who were the first confirmed cases of Omicron mutation in Korea, completed the second vaccination in October.

As it was confirmed that he was infected with the Corona 19 Omicron mutation even after receiving the vaccine, voices of anxiety that the existing vaccine would be of no use to Omicron have emerged.

However, the quarantine authorities said that in this case, it is impossible to judge whether the existing vaccine is effective for omicron mutation or not.

[정은경 / 질병관리청장 : 그런 몇 명의 사례로 가지고서 백신의 효과를 판단하거나 무용론을 얘기하는 것은 적절하지 않다고 생각합니다.]

In addition, breakthrough infections are rapidly increasing among the elderly in their 60s who received early vaccinations.

Although the vaccination completion rate has exceeded 80%, the formation of collective immunity seems far away, and when a strong mutation appears, even the ‘uselessness’ theory is raised.

[정은경 / 질병관리청장 : 오미크론이 백신에 어떤 영향을 줄지, 백신 효과에 어떤 관계를 줄지에 대해서는 아직 확실하게 밝혀지지가 않았습니다. 3차 접종을 하게 되면 좀 더 항체가를 신속하게 올려서 오미크론 변이에 대해서도 대응이 가능하기 때문에….]

Quarantine authorities and a group of experts said that the COVID-19 vaccine is clearly effective in preventing infection, severe disease, and death, and requested a third dose again.

Based on the study results, those who completed the third vaccination had a 11.3-fold reduction in the confirmation rate and a 19.5-fold decrease in the severity of symptoms compared to those who received the primary vaccination.

[민양기 / 대한의사협회 의무이사 : 델타 변이를 막는 데는 현재 3차 접종밖에는 없다고 생각합니다. 아직까지 우리나라가 지금 오미크론이 창궐하고 있지도 않고, 델타 변이가 지금 창궐하고 있는 상황에서 델타 변이를 막고 안전하게 겨울을 지내기 위해서]

In order to increase the booster vaccination rate, the government decided to operate the month of December as the ‘3rd dose concentration period’ for seniors aged 60 and over.

Advance reservations for booster vaccinations for 18-49 year-olds have also started.

You can receive the booster vaccine from the 4th, and if you use the remaining vaccine, you can get the booster vaccine right away.

This is Kye Hoon-hee from YTN.

YTN Gye Hoon-hee (khh0215@ytn.co.kr)

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