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The COVID Jab in Japan

Vaccinations are beginning across the country!

By Serena Ogawa    - 2 min read

Japan may have been a little slower than other big countries regarding COVID vaccinations, however, now that the vaccinations have begun rolling out in the land of the rising sun, they are rolling out in full force.

Vaccination plans

With less than 3% of the population vaccinated at the beginning of June, many were left wondering just how safe the Olympics and indeed travel to and from Japan would be for the foreseeable future. Already, less than 30 days later, numbers are up to 10%. The current goal is to have 36 million senior citizens inoculated by the end of July. According to up-to-date data, people who have received the first vaccine are at 22.9%, and those who are fully vaccinated are at 11.6% (as of July 1, 2021). Planned Olympic viewing centers have been repurposed for vaccination purposes. The current goal for a nationally vaccinated Japan is the end of November.

Vaccination protocol

At present, in order to get a vaccine, residents have a few options. One is to wait for vaccination coupons, distributed by the local government, to arrive by postal mail. For the more rural—or impatient—it may be faster to contact your ward or city office and pick up a voucher directly. The vouchers are being sent to older residents first, targeting those from their 40s to 60s.

Once residents have their coupon, they can make a reservation with one of the affiliated clinics or vaccination centers in order to get the long-coveted jabs. There is an extensive list of centers across Japan, provided by the health ministry (Japanese only). Another website, Find a Doc, provides English-language information for required documents and available vaccination openings. The three approved vaccines in Japan are Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca.

As many countries discuss implementing vaccine passports in the post-Covid world, travel could resume sooner than you think.

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Travel Editor for Japan Travel by day, novel-writing cat lady by night.

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Elizabeth S 3 weeks ago
I so look forward to receiving my friends from abroad who regularly visit Japan. And hope to welcome first-timers, too!
Yoshimi Dan 3 weeks ago
This is a good news! The vaccine helps us to fight against the COVID-19!
Lynda Hogan 3 weeks ago
I got my vouchers already, despite being in a rural area. However, I haven't tried booking a spot yet. I may have to wait for an actual appointment, but its a relief to have the vouchers in my possession. I am also glad that the vaccine given in our town is the Pfizer one.
Sherilyn Siy 3 weeks ago
I got the Pfizer one too.
Sherilyn Siy 3 weeks ago
I wasn't in a hurry to get mine (I knew that they were prioritizing certain groups first), but I got the chance much sooner than I expected. My city is offering vaccines through work places and my work place arranged for mine. Getting it today!
Kim 3 weeks ago
End of November...hoping that means travel again in early 2022! Fingers crossed, at least! :)
Serena Ogawa Author 3 weeks ago
I am so hopeful!