Tokyo, Sept. 2 (Jiji Press)–The Japanese government said Thursday that it will accept reservations for coronavirus vaccine shots from 30,000 more people aged 18 to 39 at mass inoculation centers run by the Self-Defense Forces in Tokyo and Osaka.
The government also said the operation period for the centers, opened May 25, will be extended until the end of November after the first extension until Sept. 25, amid infections keeping increasing among younger generations.
The Tokyo center, which will make use of some 22,000 doses that have not already been reserved for shots by Sept. 25, will start accepting reservations exclusively from people in the designated age group at 6 p.m. Friday (9 a.m. GMT). Those who make reservations Friday can get vaccinated as early as Saturday.
Reservations are expected to begin at the Osaka center, where about 6,500 doses are unreserved, next week after system revamping.
The government also plans inoculations at the centers for those who missed their second dose in workplace vaccination programs. It is estimated that there are around 15,000 such people in the two cities.
The Tokyo and Osaka centers will be kept capable of administering 10,000 and 5,000 doses per day, respectively. The minimum age for vaccination at the centers may be lowered from 18 because the vaccine used there is made by Moderna Inc. and it can be given to people as young as 12 years old, government officials said.