(ATTN: UPDATES with details in paras 3-5, last para; ADDS photo)
By Lee Chi-dong
SEOUL, March 23 (Yonhap) -- President Moon Jae-in received his first dose of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday, as he plans to attend a Group of Seven (G-7) summit to be held in Britain.
He received the shot at the Jongno-gu public health center near the presidential compound in Seoul, along with first lady Kim Jung-sook and nine Cheong Wa Dae officials to accompany them on a trip to Britain in June. The G-7 session is scheduled to take place in the seaside resort of Carbis Bay in Cornwall from June 11-13.
Moon arrived at the facility at 9 a.m. and soon got his temperature, identity and health conditions checked.
He rolled up his sleeve at the request of a nurse.
"Since you are good at giving a shot, it does not hurt at all," Moon said, while receiving it.
South Korea began the AstraZeneca vaccination program for those aged 65 and older on Tuesday following a delay attributable to concerns about its safety.
Local health authorities stated the previous day that they have found no evidence suggesting a correlation between the vaccine and reports of blood clots.
The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) has drawn up a priority list of vaccine takers. It allowed an exception for Moon, 68; the 66-year-old first lady; and the Cheong Wa Dae officials, including Suh Hoon, director of national security, for the early inoculation in consideration of diplomacy-related urgency.
The AstraZeneca vaccine requires two shots with an interval of eight to 12 weeks.
The KDCA set the health center as the venue for the president's vaccination.
Top 1 pct singers earn 4.6 bln won per person on average in 2021: data
(Asiad) S. Korea lose to N. Korea in women's football quarterfinals
(LEAD) Traffic heavy on expressways following Chuseok
S. Korea, U.S. hold joint anti-terrorism exercise
(LEAD) (Asiad) PGA Tour winner Im Sung-jae in contention for 2 medals in Hangzhou
(News Focus) Travis King's release an opportunity for rapprochement in U.S.-N. Korea ties?
DP averts crisis following court's rejection of Lee's arrest; focus shifts to unity
5 years after signing, future of inter-Korean military accord unclear
In desperation, N. Korea, Russia turn to one another for mutual assistance rivaling U.S.-S. Korea cooperation
Yoon seeks to carve out bigger role for S. Korea in Indo-Pacific, world