Tokyo, Feb. 8 (Jiji Press)–Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party on Monday urged the government to secure a variety of coronavirus vaccination routes, saying that ensuring swift inoculations are the country’s biggest task.
Specifically, the LDP called on the government to allow elderly people to receive shots at family doctors, as well as group vaccinations at venues designated by municipalities.
Family doctors are likely to handle side effect cases adequately because they are familiar with elderly citizens’ medical histories, the LDP said.
The LDP said that high rates of side effects have been reported for all three vaccines that will be distributed in Japan. Still, it said that the vaccines’ effectiveness outweighs the risks.
It asked the government to enable office workers and others to receive vaccinations at or near their workplaces.
“Vaccinations have a potential to achieve a breakthrough in the situation,” LDP policy chief Hakubun Shimomura said at a meeting of the party’s coronavirus response task force.
The government plans to start vaccinations as early as Feb. 17, beginning with 10,000 to 20,000 medical workers.
The party urged the government to shoulder all costs for securing and setting up vaccination sites, taking antivirus measures and providing support to medical workers.
The LDP also suggested that the government provide easy-to-understand scientific information on the side effects of vaccines, as well as prepare vaccine research and development infrastructure.