Saturday evening’s Asahi reported that many leaders of Tokyo’s 23 wards are displeased with the central government’s plan to launch a large-scale COVID-19 vaccination facility near Tokyo Station on May 24 to expedite the inoculation of people aged 65 or older in Tokyo and its three neighboring prefectures. The mayors are reportedly concerned about the absence of a viable system to prevent double booking. The municipal chiefs are also upset that their vaccine rollout programs that are carefully designed to avoid crowding by grouping the elderly according to age will effectively be nullified since any person in the age category will be able to receive the vaccine at any time at the GOJ site as long as they can secure an appointment.
Sunday’s Mainichi wrote in its lead item that the Defense Ministry, which is responsible for operating the two large vaccination centers to be staffed by SDF doctors and nurses in central Tokyo and Osaka on May 24, is bracing for the paramount task of putting 10,000 shots in arms per day without running into any problems. MOD officials are reportedly worried about the possibility of double booking, technical glitches in the online appointment system, and crowds of elderly people traveling long distances across prefectural borders to get vaccinated without securing appointments.