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Japan plans to start Covid-19 vaccination programme in late February 2021

Medical frontliners could be the first to receive the coronavirus vaccine

Lim Chee Wah
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Lim Chee Wah

In early December, Japan confirmed that it will be providing free Covid-19 vaccine for the whole country. The plan is to vaccinate the country against coronavirus within the first half of 2021. To do so, the government has lined up three international pharmaceutical companies to supply the doses.

Now, NHK reports that the vaccination programme could start in late February. According to the report, Japan’s health ministry has asked local prefectural government to start preparing for the administration of coronavirus vaccination. A total of 10,000 medical frontliners could be the first batch in the country to receive the vaccine.

This will be followed by the remaining healthcare professionals sometime in the middle of March and the eldery later the same month. The rest of Japan, however, could expect the vaccine to be available in April or possibly later.

Keep up with the latest Covid-19 news in Tokyo and Japan here.

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