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About 80% of elderly people in Japan fully vaccinated against COVID-19

  • August 5, 2021
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All national dailies wrote that Prime Minister Suga said at a meeting on Wednesday of cabinet ministers involved in the government response to COVID-19 that the GOJ has almost reached its goal of completing the vaccination of people aged 65 and older by the end of July as about 80% of them had already received two doses of vaccine as of Wednesday. According to the GOJ, 31.5% of the entire population in Japan have received their second shots. The premier said the number of new COVID-19 cases among the elderly has drastically dropped to 2-3% of all new cases thanks to progress in vaccinating people in this age group. Suga stressed that the government is now promoting the vaccination of people in their 40s and 50s, many of whom tend to develop severe symptoms, and young people, adding that the government has set a goal of completing the vaccination of at least 40% of the entire population by the end of August.

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