The head of the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency has called on people to get vaccinated against COVID-19, stressing the importance of shots to prevent serious illness or death.
KDCA Commissioner Jeong Eun-kyeong said in press briefing Monday that 96.7 percent of coronavirus patients confirmed from May to June were individuals had not been vaccinated.
Only 3 percent of the patients were people who had received their first shot of a vaccine, while those fully vaccinated accounted for less than 1 percent.
Jeong also emphasized 93.5 percent of serious cases and deaths over the cited period were among the unvaccinated.
Her remarks were later reiterated by President Moon Jae-in.
During his weekly meeting with senior Cheong Wa Dae secretaries, Moon described vaccinations as essential to reducing the risks of critical symptoms and mortality rates.
The president also acknowledged that the coronavirus is still spreading fast even with inoculations gaining pace, but assured the national vaccination campaign remains on track to administer at least one dose of a vaccine to 36 million people by the end of September.
The president added that the government aims to attain the goal before the Chuseok holiday period begins on September 18.
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