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Japanese workers at U.S. military bases to be vaccinated against COVID-19

  • June 9, 2021
  • , Okinawa Times
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Okinawa Times wrote that it learned from a GOJ source on Tuesday that the governments of the United States and Japan have agreed to administer COVID-19 vaccines to Japanese workers at U.S. military bases in Japan and that the GOJ is planning to announce the agreement by the end of this week. The source said that arrangements are being made for Japanese workers to receive Moderna vaccines provided by the U.S. government and that American medical workers will administer the vaccines at bases. The paper wrote that the U.S. side sounded out the GOJ in December of last year on the idea of vaccinating Japanese base employees. However, although the U.S. military called for the vaccination to take place, it did not happen at that time because the Japanese government had not yet approved the Moderna vaccine. The paper wrote that there were concerns that vaccination at U.S. bases would not be covered by Japan’s Preventive Vaccination Law because vaccines directly shipped to U.S. military facilities in Japan from the United States would be stored and transported under a system different from Japan’s. The paper wrote that there was concern that Japanese workers receiving the vaccine might not be able to receive compensation if they experienced side effects. However, according to the source, the Ministry of Defense and other authorities have established a system that will make it possible to provide compensation in such cases.

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