How to Get a Free COVID-19 Vaccine in Korea

Busan has launched a comprehensive vaccination drive, providing free COVID-19 vaccines to all residents above 6 months old.

Priority is given to seniors aged 65 and above, individuals with compromised immune systems or chronic health conditions, and those in high-risk settings.

  • Eligibility for foreign nationals with a registered ID number; appointments can be made online or through the KDCA call center at 1339.
  • Foreign nationals without a registration number can obtain a temporary one by visiting the local health center with their passport.
  • Short-term visitors in Korea for less than 90 days are not eligible for vaccination.
  • The city is currently administering the Moderna COVID-19 XBB 1.5 mRNA vaccine, with plans to introduce the Pfizer vaccine in December.
  • Individuals who previously received the Pfizer vaccine are advised to wait for the release of the new Pfizer vaccine, as cross-vaccination is not recommended for children under 4.
  • A 90-day waiting period is required for those receiving their second dose.
  • For inquiries or concerns about the vaccination process, it is recommended to consult a medical professional.
  • Access the government’s dedicated COVID-19 portal for appointment bookings and to find the nearest vaccination center.
  • The free vaccination program will run until March 31, 2024.

For more information, you can check out ncv.kdca.go.kr

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