• Mass Vaccination Centers To Close Gradually From Oct. 31
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Mass COVID-19 vaccination centers that were set up across the country earlier this year to ramp up the delivery of potentially life-saving vaccines will gradually start to close from the end of the month.

As the national inoculation campaign has been running smoothly, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said more than 280 facilities will begin to suspend operations from October 31.

By that time, most of South Korea's adult population over 18 will have been fully vaccinated, according to estimates, while more than 70 percent of the entire population will have received two doses.

The agency stressed that medical centers and clinics will be able to manage all future vaccinations.

The country also began offering on Monday "no-show" vaccines to teens aged 12 to 17 as well as pregnant women to get more people vaccinated ahead of a gradual return to normal life, with related policies expected to start next month.

So far, more than 64 percent of the population has been fully vaccinated against the virus, with the corresponding figure for those aged 18 and older at 75 percent, according to the KDCA.

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