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Local Govts in Japan Preparing for 3rd COVID-19 Shots

Local Govts in Japan Preparing for 3rd COVID-19 Shots

   Tokyo, Nov. 20 (Jiji Press)--Local governments in Japan are speeding up preparations for the third round of novel coronavirus vaccination, slated to start in December.
   While the booster shots will likely be given first to medical professionals, who received their first and second doses early on in the pandemic, local governments are improving the ways to run their inoculation programs, after some areas faced confusion over vaccination appointments and other issues.
   In the central city of Nagoya in April, vaccination tickets were sent to some 600,000 elderly residents all at once. The result was that ward offices in the Aichi Prefecture capital were swamped with residents complaining that they were unable to make reservations.
   For the third shots, the city will send vaccination tickets in stages to residents seeing eight months pass after their second shots.
   With the vaccination of the elderly likely to be in full swing in February next year and later, a Nagoya city official said, "We don't expect to see a situation like that in April."

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