All national dailies wrote that the GOJ expanded on Thursday the areas from which elderly people will be able to be vaccinated against COVID-19 at the large-scale vaccination centers operated by the SDF in Tokyo and Osaka from neighboring prefectures to nationwide. The GOJ will consider expanding the scope of those able to receive vaccine at the centers to those aged 64 and younger in the future. An increasing number of prefectures are making similar moves to expand eligibility for vaccination at their own mass vaccination centers. These moves are intended to accelerate the country’s vaccine rollout because many appointment slots remain open at the large-scale centers.
The papers also wrote that the Kantei announced on Thursday that Japan had administered 20.38 million vaccine doses as of Wednesday. The papers said the GOJ’s vaccination drive picked up speed when it began to use the Moderna vaccine in May in addition to the Pfizer one. The papers noted that Prime Minister Suga said on Wednesday that his goal is to finish vaccinating everyone in Japan by October or November.