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  • Seoul LaunchesVaccination Drivefor Non-Korean Residents

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    • Seoul launches a campaign encouraging its non-Korean residents to receive vaccinations against COVID-19 and to voluntarily seek pre-emptive testing with autonomous districts, the police, migrant workers associations, and multicultural centers.
    • The city provides information and guidelines in various languages and seeks the help of local resources to ensure that the relevant information reaches all corners of the multicultural community, thereby ensuring safe living conditions for international residents.

    SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, September 7, 2021 – The Seoul Metropolitan Government will launch a campaign encouraging non-Korean residents to receive vaccinations against COVID-19 and to voluntarily seek pre-emptive testing amid a steady rise in the ratio of non-Koreans among new daily cases in the capital.

    Moreover, the city will aim to remove any language barriers that may impede non-Korean residents from receiving the proper information, as foreigners made up 9.2 percent of the total number of new cases of COVID-19 patients in Seoul in August, up from 6.3 percent the previous month.

    Seoul attributed the comparatively low vaccination rate among non-Korean residents to complex reservation procedures and a lack of information and guidance available in various languages.

    As such, the city plans to design straightforward guidelines and leaflets on vaccination procedures in multiple languages that will clarify that reservations are available to anyone regardless of their nationality.

    The Seoul Metropolitan Government will join with autonomous districts, the police, migrant workers associations, and multicultural centers to hold onsite campaigns. It will also continue promoting its drive through both online and offline channels through 18 migrant worker support facilities located throughout the capital until the end of the reservation period for those between 18 and 49, due on September 18.

    The city also plans to encourage non-Korean residents to receive pre-emptive tests if deemed necessary. Seoul began to put up campaign posters in several languages at 4,475 locations with heavy foot traffic among foreign residents, such as near construction sites and employment agencies. Video advertisements to promote the campaign will appear on some 29,664 giant screens and billboards at busy intersections and in subway stations.

    The COVID-19 quarantine information for international residents written in 13 languages can be seen at the Seoul Global Center’s Webpage (http://global.seoul.go.kr). Or one may call the Center (☎02-2075-4180) or the city’s hotline number (☎02-120).

    Kim Seon-soon, Deputy Mayor for Women & Family Policy Affairs at the Seoul Metropolitan Government, said, “Non-Korean residents have been impacted not only by a drop in income but also by a language barrier since the pandemic, which has hampered their access to accurate information on relevant quarantine procedures vital to prevent the spread of the virus within the community.”

    “The city plans to continue providing information and guidelines in various languages by seeking the help of local resources to make sure that the relevant information reaches all corners of the multicultural community and thereby ensuring safe living conditions for our foreign residents,” she said.

    COVID-19 Test and Vaccination Campaign to Encourage International Residents
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