Six out of 10 South Koreans are willing to receive coronavirus vaccine shots, according to a recent survey commissioned by TBS.
The poll, conducted last Friday and Saturday by the Korea Society Opinion Institute, found that 59 percent of adults are willing to be vaccinated despite concerns about rare blood clotting issues reported in some recipients.
Just over 19 percent said they plan to delay getting the shots, while 16 percent said they will not get vaccinated.
According to the pollster, willingness to get a COVID-19 vaccine was relatively higher among elderly citizens, those in their 50s, and residents of Gwangju and the Jeolla provinces in particular.
The government has repeatedly stressed the importance of building trust in the national vaccine campaign and has been slowly and cautiously administering shots amid reports of potential side effects at home and abroad.
Since the country started its vaccination program on February 26, more than 1.5 million people, or 2.9 percent of the population, have been given COVID-19 vaccine shots.
The survey of 1,500 adults had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points at a 95 percent confidence level.