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Japan to begin COVID vaccinations for foreign embassy officials

Kyodo News reported on Thursday that the GOJ will begin COVID-19 vaccinations for foreign embassies as early as Monday, as local municipalities may not be able to provide the vaccine in time for the Tokyo Olympics starting July 23, diplomatic sources said on Thursday. The Japanese Foreign Ministry sent letters to all 156 foreign embassies in Japan requesting them to present a list of up to 10 applicants if they wish. But the detailed schedule and sites for the vaccination plan have yet to be decided. Those working at foreign embassies in Japan are eligible for inoculation through local municipalities’ vaccine programs. There are also foreign embassies that use vaccines sent from their home countries. The decision comes as part of Tokyo’s effort to hold the major sporting event in a “safe and secure” manner, as promised by Prime Minister Suga at the G7 summit in Cornwall. Embassy officials may also join a workplace inoculation program for Japanese government officials, the sources said. Earlier in the month, the ruling LDP’s Foreign Affairs Division called on Foreign Minister Motegi to provide vaccines to the ministry’s employees and embassy officials before they treat dignitaries.

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