Workers carry out disinfection work inside a theater at the Gyeonggi Arts Center in Suwon. (Photo: Yonhap)
Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum has said when the government implements its "living with COVID-19" strategy sometime next month, antivirus curbs will be eased first for people who are fully vaccinated.
Speaking Friday to a government committee tasked with preparing the country's return to pre-pandemic activities, Kim stressed the need for a so-called vaccine pass, which would give those who have received a full vaccine regimen access to multiuse facilities, entertainment venues and more.
But he said sufficient consideration will be given to people who choose not to get inoculated or are unable to get COVID shots because of health issues.
Currently, everyone can visit multiuse facilities regardless of vaccination status if they adhere to basic rules such as wearing masks, social distancing and providing personal information for contact tracing.
The prime minister said a cautious approach should be taken for the gradual return to normal life, noting that it could be a slow process.
The comments come South Korean authorities are getting ready to phase out strict distancing rules that limit group gatherings, events and business operations.
Health authorities plan to announce a detailed roadmap of what that plan will look like next week.
Despite the threat posed by the ongoing pandemic, several countries around the world have begun using vaccine pass systems as a way to normalize economic activities.
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