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South Korea's push for youth COVID shots riles students, parents

Opponents fear vaccine side effects as record cases dent trust in government

A student receives a COVID-19 jab at a junior high school in the city of Gwangju, South Korea, on Dec. 16.   © Yonhap/Jiji

SEOUL -- Yang Dae-rim has yet to graduate high school, but he is already waging a public relations war against his government, taking aim at a policy he says tramples on the rights of him and his peers.

The 18-year-old has become one of the most vocal opponents of the South Korean government's plan to require youths older than 12 to present proof of vaccination as a condition for entering some public places, including private study facilities. He has participated in protests with students and parents, and was part of a group that filed a petition against the vaccine pass system at the Constitutional Court.

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