Inoculation rate rises… ‘Youth quarantine pass’ seems to be over without improvement


Controversy over the youth quarantine pass, which was strongly opposed, continues. The authorities, which were originally scheduled to be implemented from February next year, are discussing again, but there is a forecast that the announcement of the improvement plan may take more than a year.

Correspondent Han Sang-woo.

Parents’ opinions on the application of the quarantine pass for teenagers aged 12 to 18 are mixed.

[김수연/학부모 : 저는 맞힐 생각이긴 해요. 언제까지 계속 안 맞히고 미룰 수도 없고….]

[초등학생·중학생 학부모 : 그건 조금 더 생각을 해주셨으면 싶은데요, 나라에서. 급하긴 급한데, 조금 더 추이를 지켜보고 학생들이 아직 어떻게 될지 모르니까.]

As the industry’s opposition from students, parents, and private academies intensified and spread to legal disputes, the Ministry of Education and the quarantine authorities formed a consultative body on the 20th and said they would come up with an improvement plan.

[유은혜/교육부총리 : (청소년) 방역패스와 관련해서는 그런 기간이나 운영 방안에 대해서는 다시 지금 협의 중에 있기 때문에….]

The academy is claiming to either abolish it altogether, or postpone the application date scheduled for February next year to June and apply it equally to schools and academies.

The Ministry of Education is of the opinion that schools, which are compulsory educational institutions, are an exception.

After the government announced the youth quarantine pass policy, the vaccination rate has risen significantly.

Anxiety that restrictions on access to private academies, etc. may put students at a disadvantage in their studies, along with an increase in the number of inoculations among nearby students, are also believed to be the main reasons.

As of today (26th) 00:00, the vaccination rate for adolescents aged 12 to 17 was 69.3% for the first dose and 46.8% for the second dose, which increased by 21.7%p and 18.9%p, respectively, in 3 weeks.

The Ministry of Education expects that if the vaccination rate increases with this trend and the spread of the virus stops, full school attendance will be possible next year.

(Video coverage: Park Dae-young, video editing: Park Ki-duk)

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