Japan is starting its coronavirus vaccination program on Wednesday, according to NHK WORLD–JAPAN. It plans to give the first doses to about 40,000 health care workers.
Japan’s Regulatory Reform Minister Kono Taro said, “We are about to start vaccination, which is said to be the strongest weapon in the fight against the coronavirus. We hope many people will get vaccinated after accurately understanding its benefits and risks.”
About 3.7 million more medical workers are scheduled to be inoculated after the initial group.
The government will determine how to distribute the vaccines within a few days based on target numbers to be reported from local governments on Wednesday.
The government has also asked municipalities to draw up implementation plans to inoculate about 36 million people aged 65 or older. It hopes to complete the vaccination for the elderly within two months and three weeks starting from April.
Kono said he feels sorry that the government has yet to announce the starting date for the elderly.
The smooth rollout depends on timely shipment of the vaccines from the European Union, and securing enough syringes capable of taking six doses from a vial.
Government sources admit that the outlook of the program is still uncertain after the inoculation for medical workers.
The government plans to report the details about the efficacy and side effects of the vaccines after the first 20,000 people receive shots.
Source: Azerbaijan State News Agency