Nikkei reported on Saturday on remarks made during an Internet program on Friday by Administrative Minister Kono that booster shots may be administered to fully vaccinated people next year. The cabinet minister, who is in charge of the vaccination program, said to the press on the same day that because shipments of the Moderna product are expected to arrive in Japan later than scheduled, vaccination programs at some workplaces are bound to be affected.
In a related development, all national papers highlighted the Health Ministry’s decision on Friday to allow the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to be administered to people aged 40 or over at government expense. The British product may also be used for people younger than 40 years old if they are allergic to the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine. The ministry separately decided that the Moderna vaccine may now be administered to people aged 12 or older.