Tokyo, March 27 (Jiji Press)–About 40 pct of major cities in Japan have yet to determine when to finish vaccinating people aged 65 or over against the novel coronavirus, a Jiji Press group survey showed.
The survey found that as of the end of February, 43 major cities had yet to decide when to end vaccinations for these people.
They have been unable to set clear vaccination schedules due to a lack of information about vaccine supply from the central government, the survey showed.
The survey, jointly conducted by Jiji Press and Research Institute on Local Administration and Finance, an affiliate, covered 109 major cities, including Tokyo’s 23 wards, with valid answers coming from 108.
In the survey, an official of the city government of Kawaguchi, Saitama Prefecture, north of Tokyo, said the city was “unable to clarify a timeline due to uncertainties over the amount of vaccines to be supplied.”
“The schedule depends on the amount and timing of vaccine supply,” an official of the city government of Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture, western Japan, said.
The survey showed that 30 cities plan to end vaccinations for elderly people around the end of June, while 24 others expect to complete around the end of July.
Vaccinations in 11 cities are projected to end between August this year and March next year.
Also in the survey, 89 cities said they plan to start vaccinations for elderly people by the end of April.
The Japanese government plans to begin vaccinations for such people on April 12. It already started vaccinations for medical workers.