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Japan’s Covid-19 vaccination information is now in 17 languages including English

The health ministry has published draft vaccination documents for foreign residents, in Korean, Spanish, Thai and more
Written by
Emma Steen

As of March 29, Japan has administered roughly 822,869 Covid-19 vaccines. The government is aiming to boost the pace of inoculations in the coming months, with the aim of receiving 100 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine between May and June. Though healthcare professionals and the elderly take priority in receiving the first batches of vaccines, treatment for the general public is scheduled to begin in June this year. 

The government has confirmed that all residents over the age of 16 in Japan, regardless of nationality, are entitled to receive the vaccine for free. To help simplify the process of registering for a vaccination at a local clinic, the health ministry has translated a draft of the vaccination form and notices into 17 languages: Arabic, Chinese (simplified and traditional), English, French, Indonesian, Khmer, Korean, Mongolian, Myanmar, Nepalese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Thai, and Vietnamese.

Because not all hospital workers will be able to understand forms written in languages other than Japanese, the translated forms are only there for reference. Residents can fill out the Japanese form while using the translated form as a guide. 

The Japanese documents will be sent to you via mail along with the Covid-19 vaccine coupon. Once inoculations begin for the general public, you should be able to book a time to be vaccinated at a designated medical facility within your municipality. 

These Covid-19 vaccination documents are now available in 17 languages: Pre-vaccination Screening Questionnaire; Instructions for the Covid-19 vaccination (provided by Pfizer); Notice on the Covid-19 vaccination. Click here to see them. 

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