Saturday’s Nikkei reported on a government announcement on Friday that as of July 15, more than 20% of the Japanese population had received a second dose of COVID-19 vaccine. According to the daily, 80% of people aged 65 or older had received their first dose and more than 50% of them have received their second dose. The paper wrote that the challenge from now will be to accelerate the vaccination rollout for younger generations among whom the number of new cases is increasing.
In a follow-up report, the business daily wrote today that the GOJ has been asking certain municipalities to slow down their vaccination of residents to ensure that shipments of vaccines from abroad can catch up with the government’s schedule for delivering vaccines to local governments. While some 1.4 million shots have been administered per day lately, the GOJ is reportedly looking to reduce the rate to 1.2 million so that every municipality can steadily vaccinate its residents without triggering a supply shortage.