Nikkei reported on Sunday on GOJ data showing that more than 30 million doses of Pfizer and Moderna coronavirus vaccines had been administered to Japanese citizens, including almost 20 million people aged 65 or older, as of June 18. On average, over 900,000 shots have recently gone into arms each weekday. In a related story, Saturday’s Mainichi wrote that almost 60% of the nation’s 69 major municipalities are likely to start vaccinating people aged 64 or younger by early July.
Administrative Reform Minister Kono reportedly said during a TV appearance on Sunday that it is desirable for middle school students aged 12 to 15 to be vaccinated during their summer break so they can go back to school in the fall without worrying about infection. He added that because COVID-19 vaccination is not mandatory, vaccines will not be administered to minors at school. Sankei wrote that some 40% of the nation’s 69 major municipalities have already put together their vaccine rollout programs for those in this age bracket. The daily added in a separate piece that some Education Ministry officials and pediatricians are cautious about recommending vaccination for people aged 15 or younger on account of the lack of data on the vaccines’ effects on adolescents.