Seoul city officials promote a campaign to get foreigners vaccinated against COVID-19. (Photo: Yonhap)
The Seoul Metropolitan Government is launching a campaign to encourage foreigners residing in the capital to get vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as they become eligible.
Local officials said Tuesday they are also promoting free, preemptive coronavirus testing in line with the increasing proportion of foreigners infected with the virus.
As of the end of August, foreigners accounted for 9.2 percent of all coronavirus cases recorded in Seoul since the pandemic began.
According to the city government, the vaccination rate among foreign nationals has been low due to language barriers and the complex registration process.
Officials said they will be distributing brochures in various languages with information on how to get screened for COVID-19 and sign up to get vaccinated in areas where there is a high foreign population such as the Guro and Yongsan districts.
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