Korea launched a mass vaccination program in late February. The aim is to immunize at least 70 percent of the country’s population by September in the hopes of achieving herd immunity in November. 

Around 2 million foreigners currently call South Korea home. According to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency(KDCA), foreigners will get the shots according to the same schedule as Korean citizens. Here are details about eligibility and the immunization process. 

ELIGIBILITY

  • All foreign nationals with permanent residence visas and long term visas that allow them to stay in South Korea for over 90 days
  • Undocumented migrants  

            Note:   People on short-stay tourist visas cannot be vaccinated. 

WHAT IS THE COST OF GETTING VACCINATED?

     Nothing. COVID-19 vaccines are being administered free of charge.

WHEN WILL IT BE MY TURN?

Check the Korean government’s inoculation schedule. It divides people into groups in order of priority and age. In late February, the rollout of vaccines began with high-risk groups and medical personnel. In early April, it opened to other frontline workers, the military, primary school teachers and elderly members of the general public aged 75 and older. Towards the end of June, vaccinations expanded to adults 60 and up. 

The Korean government’s inoculation schedule introduces PHASE 3 in July and August.

In July, vaccination expands to 

  • Those who belong to the groups for PHASE 2 but remain not injected. Example: The elderlies whose age is over 65, People who are in elderly care facilities including working staff, People who work at daycare centers and kindergartens, etc
  • Staff in education and child-caring field 
  • Students who are taking National College Entrance Exam
  • People in 50s (50~59)
  Group by age Period for reservation Time for vaccination
For those who have national health insurance People in age of 55 to 59  July 12 ~ July 17  July 26 ~ August 7
people between the age of 50 to 54 July 19 ~ July 25
For those who don’t have national health insurance People in age of 55 to 59  July 12 ~ July 17  August 2 ~ August 7
people between the age of 50 to 54 July 19 ~ July 25

In August,  vaccination expands to people in 40s or below (18~49)

Reservation would start in August, and the actual vaccination would be after vaccination completes of those prior to the vaccination.   

HOW DO I MAKE A RESERVATION TO GET A COVID-19 VACCINE?

  • For those who have a phone number and an ID number

Visit the website https://ncvr.kdca.go.kr/  OR

Contact a local call center specially set up to receive a COVID-19 vaccine reservation. For the telephone directory of local call centers, check https://ncv.kdca.go.kr/menu.es?mid=a11709010000

  • For those who not have a foreigner registration number or ID card number:

        Visit a public health center, present your passport, and receive a temporary number for vaccination management. 

WHERE CAN I GET A COVID-19 VACCINE?

  • For those who have national health insurance: 

            Vaccination Center/Public Health Center/Entrusted Medical Institutions. 

            It would differ by product requirements and for administration purposes.

  • For those who do not have national health insurance:

           Public health center 

WHAT ELSE DO I NEED TO KNOW?

Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is not mandatory. But medical experts say it’s effective in preventing death and hospitalizations, and emphasize that people should get the first vaccine offered to them.

In case you choose not to get vaccinated when it’s your turn, you will be pushed to the end of the line, meaning shots will be available to you in the last few months of the year or later.

FOR CONSULTATION AND FURTHER QUESTION;

① Local government(☎area code+120)  ② Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency(KDCA; ☎1339)  ③ Immigration(Hi Korea website, ☎1345)

What’s coming next in Refugee News? 

Vaccination process: from reservation to aftercare 

Information on different vaccines 

Preliminary questionnaires to be filled out before the shot

Common symptoms after injection


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