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10% of population has received vaccination against COVID-19

  • June 9, 2021
  • , Nikkei , p. 5
  • JMH Translation

More than 13.7 million people in Japan have been inoculated with a COVID-19 vaccine at least once as of June 7. This represents 10% of the domestic population. About 600,000 vaccinations are administered per day, almost reaching the Japanese government’s target of 1 million per day. Once vaccinations start being administered at workplaces on June 21, the number of vaccinated people will increase further.


Vaccination of the elderly has consistently exceeded 400,000 in number on weekdays and tops 500,000 on some days. Since the launch of large-scale vaccination sites operated by the Self-Defense Forces (SDF) in Tokyo and Osaka on May 24, the number of people inoculated with the Moderna vaccine has been gradually increasing. Local governments have different rates of progress depending on such matters as the ratio of elderly to their jurisdiction’s total population.


More than 4.9 million healthcare professionals have received a first dose of a COVID vaccine. As a result, most healthcare professionals are thought to have received one dose. More than 70% of healthcare professionals have received the second shot. The vaccination rate may be accelerated when doctors in charge of vaccinating healthcare professionals join the effort to vaccinate the elderly.

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