Pneumonia spread after breakthrough infection… “Elderly people need to be vaccinated as soon as possible”


While the number of infections that break through the corona has increased, recently, the number of cases that lead to pneumonia after being confirmed with COVID-19 has increased. In particular, the elderly are highly likely to get seriously aggravated in this situation, but booster vaccinations for the elderly have not yet been speeded up.

Reporter Kim Yong-tae reports.

It was confirmed that 14 out of 16 people who were admitted to Seoul National University Hospital this month had pneumonia.

The proportion of pneumonia patients among all corona inpatients at this hospital rose from 10% last month to 40% recently, and it is known that some hospitals dedicated to corona have also increased the number of pneumonia patients.

Experts say that if a high-risk group, such as the elderly, gets pneumonia after breakthrough infection, it is more likely to progress to severe disease.

It does not seem irrelevant to the recent increase in the rate of severe cases from 1.56% to 2.36% among all confirmed cases.

This is why the government is encouraging the elderly to receive booster vaccinations every day.

[박향/중앙사고수습본부 방역총괄반장 : 60세 이상 고령층에 대해서도 추가접종 사전예약을 받고 있습니다. 적극 동참해 주시기를 당부드리겠습니다.]

Currently, the booster vaccination rate is around 7.5% for those aged 60 and over, and 3% for the total population.

[추가접종 대상(70대) : 아직 결정 못 했어요. 마음의 준비가 안 된 것 같아. 맞긴 맞아야 할 것 같아요.]

There is also a forecast that it will be difficult to vaccinate all of them as there will be 13.78 million people eligible for booster vaccination by the end of this year.

The government expected the pace to pick up soon as it was just the beginning.

[추가접종 대상자 (70대) : 부작용이 좀 있었어요. 두 번 다시 맞고 싶지 않더라고. 마음이 변해서 2차도 맞고, 3차는 당연히 이제 맞아야 되겠죠?]

The government said it would get as many boosters as possible, but did not set specific target figures.

(Video editing: Jo Moo-hwan, VJ: Shin So-young)

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