Tokyo: Yasutoshi Nishimura, Japan’s minister in charge of the coronavirus response, said more than 50 percent of the Japanese population had been fully vaccinated against Kovid-1. Nishimura said on Sunday that if the vaccine continues at its current pace, it will exceed 100 percent by the end of this month.
He noted that although vaccination in Japan has been delayed compared to other developed economies, the government has made efforts to accelerate progress in order to complete the immunization of those in need by early November. .
Nishimura added that if the vaccination rate goes up to percent0 percent, it will have a significant impact on covid-1 infections.
Vaccination activities in Japan first began with healthcare workers in February, then expanded to people aged 64 or older in April. The campaign eventually went to under-64s who could get shots in some municipalities and their workplaces.
As Japan’s medical system is still under pressure due to the highly contagious Delta Alternative, the government has decided to extend the state of emergency to Tokyo and 11 prefectures from Monday.
The number of confirmed daily COVID-19 infections in Japan has been declining in recent days.
With the expectation of fully vaccinated individuals, the government plans to relax recommendations against travel and big events in November.
According to the metropolitan government, the daily confirmed number of Covid-1 infections in Tokyo on Sunday stood at 1,067, up from 786 a week earlier.
The daily numbers in the capital city have dropped to 21 days a week.
Daily infections across the country on Sunday stood at about 7,200 and there were fewer cases in the prefectures of western Japan than last week.