TOKYO, June 1 (Xinhua) – Japan will begin administering COVID-19 vaccines in jobs and universities in an attempt to speed up its inoculation campaign, Cabinet Chief Secretary Katsunobu Kato said on Tuesday .
According to Kato, the top government spokesman, the new round of inoculation campaigns scheduled for June 21 aims to speed up the country’s deployment of vaccinations and help reduce the burden on local municipalities.
“The expansion of the number of vaccination sites aims to reduce the burden on local communities and accelerate the pace of inoculation. The two-dose vaccine developed by the American biotechnology firm Moderna Inc. will be used,” Kato said. at a press conference on matters.
Kato said jobs and universities will be in charge of deciding who gets vaccinated, and recommended that priority be given to the elderly and people with underlying health conditions.
Businesses and universities, Kato said, will also be tasked with getting their own medical staff to manage the blows amid the terrible shortage of qualified medical staff to administer vaccines in the nation, which has contributed to the shortage implementation of the country.
The Japanese government has been criticized for being one of the slowest countries among several advanced economies to implement COVID-19 vaccination. So far, about 7 percent of the country’s 126 million population has received at least one dose of the vaccine.
In an attempt to speed up its inoculation campaign, two mass vaccination centers have been opened in Tokyo and Osaka Prefecture with state-supported facilities to help complete the vaccination of 36 million seniors. aged 65 or over in late July.
Japan began inoculating its elderly in mid-April, after vaccinating health workers from February.
The government here has received a sharp fire from foreign chambers of commerce, which said Japan has failed to make comparable progress to other nations making possible the “substantial” expansion of business and travel due to vaccines.
“We therefore urge the government to rapidly expand the vaccination program in Japan by mobilizing all considerable resources in the country to ensure that the vaccine is deployed quickly and availability is extended to a wider age group,” the chambers of commerce of the United States, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and the European Business Council based here were reported in a joint statement.