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Foreign residents are eligible for Japan’s Covid-19 vaccination programme, confirms minister

The Minister of Administrative Affairs, Taro Kono tweeted that ‘expats and foreign residents’ will receive the vaccine

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Kaila Imada
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Although Japan has announced that Covid-19 vaccines will be available free for the entire country, there are still some unanswered questions regarding the tentative vaccination programme. When the news first broke, it was unclear whether foreign residents in Japan would be eligible.

In a recent Tweet, Japan’s Minister of Administrative Affairs, Taro Kono, who is also in charge of the country’s Covid-19 response, stated that ‘diplomats, expats and other foreign residents in Japan’ are eligible for coronavirus vaccine as long as they are registered residents within a municipality.

At this point in time, the government has yet to issue an official and definitive statement regarding the matter, but seeing as Kono is heading the Covid-19 vaccination rollout in the country, his Tweet is worth noting. 

This is a developing story and will be updated when an official statement becomes available.

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