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A long queue on July 29 forms in front of a temporary testing site for COVID-19 next to an expat support center in Danwon-gu District of Ansan, Gyeonggi-do Province.

By Sarah Oqelee and Yoon Sojung

The government has urged long-term expats in the country to get COVID-19 vaccine shots, Yonhap News reported on Aug. 4.

Non-Korean residents can get vaccinated the same as Korean citizens, the article said, quoting the Korea Immigration Service and Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) under the Ministry of Justice.

Just like Korean nationals, expats with domestic health insurance can make a reservation through the online reservation system for COVID-19 vaccination (https://ncvr.kdca.go.kr) run by the KDCA and select the date and medical organization of their choice to get inoculated.

Those in the country illegally, long-term expats with no registration numbers or those exempt from registration can visit a public health center with their passports to receive a temporary management number and get vaccinated.

Yonhap said expats face no disadvantages in the vaccination process such as screening for immigration status or reporting personal data to an expat’s workplace.

Expats can make reservations to get vaccinated by Aug. 31 and receive inoculations by Sept. 3. A passport is required when getting a shot.

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