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  • [Vaccine Incentives] Plan to Support Vaccinated Persons’ Recovery Back to Daily Life

  • Welfare, Health & Security News SMG 1343

    In the midst of full-fledged COVID-19 vaccination, the government has decided to provide incentives to those who have been vaccinated. To support their recovery back to daily life and to encourage wider vaccination, the government will ease quarantine measures for various target groups and activities in three stages starting in June, July and October.

    Guidelines for the adjustment of disease control and prevention measures following vaccination

    Guidelines for the adjustment of disease control and prevention measures following vaccination
    Classification Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3
    Period Starting June 1 Starting July (first week) to September Starting October
    Vaccination Goals Vaccinated Persons 13 million
    [1st dose]
    36 million (cumulative)
    [1st dose]
    36 million (cumulative)
    [2nd dose]
    Vaccination Goals Vaccination Targets /
    Goals
    Seniors over 60 Individuals under 60
    Vaccination Goals Vaccination target/
    Goal
    Decreasing mortality and severity of symptoms Stopping the spread
    Target Vaccinated persons
    [1st & 2nd doses]
    Vaccinated persons
    Disease Control & Prevention Measures Easing Family gatherings
    (excluded from capacity limit)
    Private gatherings, etc.
    (excluded from capacity limit)
    Social distancing
    across the board
    Quarantine measures Masks Remains in force Mandate lifted for outdoors
    (including those having received the 1st dose)
    Mandate lifted for indoors
    (starting December)

    ※ 1st dose recipients: Individuals having had their 1st dose of vaccine received over 14 days prior
    ※ Fully vaccinated: Individuals having had their 2nd dose of vaccine received over 14 days prior

    [Starting June]

    • Individuals having received the 1st dose of vaccine will be able to hold gatherings with immediate family members without any capacity limit.
    • Normalization of programs for vaccinated individuals in welfare facilities for senior citizens including senior welfare centers and elderly halls.
    • Various benefits including discounts on the use of national parks, museums and art galleries for vaccinated individuals.

    First, starting on June 1, fully vaccinated individuals and 1st dose recipients will be allowed to hold gatherings of immediate family members without any capacity limit (which is currently set at 8 persons). According to the current social distancing rules, family gatherings are allowed to include up to 10 persons where 2 of the grandparents have been vaccinated.

    Temporarily suspended programs in welfare facilities for senior citizens, including senior welfare centers and elderly halls, will be resumed for fully vaccinated persons and 1st dose recipients.

    Singing classes, wind instrument lessons and collective meals in welfare facilities for senior citizens will be allowed only for small groups of fully vaccinated persons. Individuals will be required to wear masks indoor at all times except in unavoidable circumstances, such as when eating and drinking.

    Quarantine measures in facilities vulnerable to infection including as preemptive inspections and visits will also be eased.

    Fully vaccinated persons will be excluded from the periodic preemptive examination that is mandatory for workers in vulnerable facilities including convalescent hospitals, mental hospitals, correctional facilities, and childcare centers.

    Face-to-face visits will be permitted at convalescent hospitals and facilities granted that either the resident or the visitor involved has been fully vaccinated.

    Additional incentives will be provided to 1st dose recipients and vaccinated persons to encourage wider participation in vaccination.

    1st dose recipients and vaccinated persons will receive discounts when using public facilities including national parks, national science museums, national natural recreation forests, ancient palaces and royal tombs, and national performance halls. Special tours for the vaccinated will also be held at special cultural events, including the Changdeokgung Moonlight Tour and Gyeongbokgung Starlight Night Tour.

    Discounts on the use of public facilities

    Discounts on the use of public facilities
    Facilities Incentive Details
    National parks (Description) 50% discount on experience programs at national parks’ nature centers
    National parks (Instruction) Make a reservation, then supmit vaccination certificate on site
    National Institute of Ecology, and National Institute of Biological Resources (Description) 30% discount on admission
    National Institute of Ecology and National Institute of Biological Resources (Instruction) supmit vaccination certificate at the ticket office
    National science museums (excluding Gwacheon Science Museum) (Description) Free admission to the permanent exhibition hall for vaccinated persons
    National Science Museums
    (Excluding Gwacheon Science Museum)
    (Instruction) supmit vaccination certificate at the ticket office
    National recreational forests (Description) Free admission
    National Recreational Forest (Instruction) supmit vaccination certificate at the ticket office
    Ancient palaces and royal tombs (Description) Opening of palaces for special events / Permission of group visits and tour guides
    Ancient palaces and royal tombs (Instruction) Make a reservation on a first-come, first-served basis, then present vaccination certificate
    National performance halls and national art organizations (standalone and planned performances) (Description) 20% discount on admission
    National performance halls and national art organizations
    (standalone and planned performances)
    (Instruction) Select “vaccine discount” when reserving, then present vaccination certificate to receive the ticket on-site

    [Starting July]

    • Vaccinated persons will be exempted from the capacity limit for private gatherings and public facilities
    • 1st dose recipients and vaccinated persons can participate in religious gatherings according to standard rules
    • 1st dose recipients and vaccinated persons will be allowed to go on walks or exercise without masks when outdoors

    From July, when 25% of the population has received the 1st dose and revised social distancing rules implemented, restrictions on various gatherings will be eased for those having completed vaccination.

    Vaccinated persons will be exempted from the capacity limit for private gatherings (five or nine persons, etc.) and can freely participate in small groups and family gatherings on Chuseok holidays.

    For religious activities, 1st dose recipients and vaccinated persons will be exempted from the capacity limit for face-to-face religious activities, such as regular worship services, masses, dharma meetings, and Cheondogyo ceremonies. For vaccinated persons, church choir and small gatherings will also be allowed. All are required to follow the disease control and prevention rules, such as mandatory mask-wearing, and to avoid eating and drinking.

    1st dose recipients will be exempted from the capacity limit for outdoor public facilities, including restaurants and cafes. Vaccinated persons will be exempted from the capacity limit for both outdoor and indoor public facilities.

    1st dose recipients and vaccinated persons will be exempted from mandatory mask-wearing when outdoors, and will be allowed to enjoy walking and exercising activities in parks and on mountain trails mask-free. They will still be required to wear masks outdoors in crowded places or during mass gatherings.

    Wearing masks indoors is the last measure to protect the non-vaccinated and will be required until herd immunity is formed.

    [Starting October] Revision of social distancing quarantine rules

    After the end of September, when over 70% of the population will have received the 1st dose, we expect to be able to revise social distancing rules based on the vaccination rate and the epidemiological situation.

    We also consider easing the requirement to wear masks indoors after December, when the overall vaccination rate will have reached 70%.

    Meanwhile, to prove that you have been vaccinated, use the KCDC COOV mobile app to receive an electronic COVID-19 vaccination certificate and then easily present proof via QR code authentication.

    Alternatively, you can print out a vaccination certificate by visiting the vaccination center in person or via the vaccination assistant website (nip.kdca.go.kr) or the government portal (www.gov.kr).