President Moon Jae-in receives a COVID-19 booster shot, while first lady Kim Jung-sook looks on, at the National Medical Center in central Seoul. (Photo: Yonhap)
President Moon Jae-in and first lady Kim Jung-sook both received a COVID-19 booster shot on Friday, in line with guidance from health authorities.
Moon received doses of the AstraZeneca for his first two shots, but got Pfizer for his booster, according to the presidential office.
Earlier this week, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency began administering Pfizer boosters for people aged 60 and older and medical workers in a bid to maximize protection against the virus.
So far, about 78 percent of people in South Korea have received their first shots of COVID-19 vaccines and 61 percent have been fully vaccinated.
The government expects the fully vaccinated rate to surpass 70 percent by the end of this month.
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