Okinawa Times wrote that the Ministry of Defense announced on Tuesday that it would issue certificates for civilian employees who have received COVID-19 vaccines at U.S. bases in Japan to use as proof of vaccination when entering foreign countries. The ministry’s local offices will accept applications for the certificates. The paper wrote that the governments of the United States and Japan agreed in June that the U.S. military would provide COVID-19 vaccines to base workers who wished to receive them. However, the workers have not been able to obtain vaccination certificates from local municipalities because the vaccination program was not conducted in accordance with Japan’s Preventive Vaccination Law. According to the ministry, about 12,000 employees at U.S. military installations in Japan and some 4,200 of all 9,000 U.S. military base employees in Okinawa have been vaccinated on base.