Tokyo, Oct. 4 (Jiji Press)–Slightly over 60 pct of Japanese citizens have received their second shot of novel coronavirus vaccines, the government said Monday.
According to the prime minister’s office, 60.9 pct of citizens have had their second dose, while 71.3 pct have received their first.
The proportion of fully vaccinated citizens is expected to top 70 pct this month.
About 167 million vaccine doses had been administered as of the time of the data’s release, with over 90 million people having received their first shot and around 77 million their second.
Of those aged 65 or older, 90.6 pct had received their first shot and 89.4 pct their second.
Currently, COVID-19 vaccines made by Pfizer Inc., Moderna Inc. and AstraZeneca PLC are administered in Japan.
About 140 million shots of the Pfizer vaccine had been administered to people since its approval in Japan in February, accounting for over 80 pct of the total doses.
Some 27 million shots of the Moderna vaccine, which was approved in Japan in May, and roughly 50,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine had been given. Japan started using the AstraZeneca vaccine in August.
An interval of three weeks between the first and second doses is required for the Pfizer vaccine, four weeks for the Moderna vaccine and four to 12 weeks for the AstraZeneca vaccine.
According to Our World in Data, a database created by researchers at the University of Oxford and others, the share of fully vaccinated people in the population as of Thursday stood at 54.89 pct in the United States and at 63.99 pct in Germany, suggesting that the proportion of fully vaccinated citizens in Japan had surpassed that in the United States.
The vaccination rates announced by the Japanese government were calculated through a system in which municipalities make registrations on the basis of inoculation vouchers.
As there is a delay in reporting vaccinations in some cases, the actual inoculation rates are believed to be higher than the tally shows.
The government hopes to complete two vaccine shots for all willing citizens this month or November. It plans to start giving booster shots mainly to medical workers before the end of this year at the earliest.