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COVID-19 vaccination for elderly to start next week

  • April 6, 2021
  • , Asahi, Nikkei
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Asahi reported that COVID-19 immunization for people aged 65 or older will begin across the country on April 12. The paper noted that even though the nation appears to be entering a “fourth wave” of infection, the central and local governments’ preparations for vaccination have been frustratingly slow on many fronts, including securing sufficient vaccines and enough doctors and nurses to administer them.

 

Meanwhile, Nikkei wrote that the operators of many nursing homes and elderly care facilities have been hesitant to test their employees for the virus frequently out of fear that their service will be disrupted if they test positive. Explaining that early detection of the virus carriers is extremely important to head off cluster infections among the elderly, the daily underscored the importance of government assistance for facility operators in securing enough caregivers through financial and other support given the chronic personnel shortage in the elderly care industry.

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