Yomiuri, Mainichi, and Nikkei wrote that the GOJ will begin administering COVID-19 booster shots. Healthcare practitioners will receive their third doses of vaccine first and people aged 65 years and older will begin receiving them in January. The interval between second and third shots will be eight months in principle. The papers wrote that calls may grow for swifter administration of third shots out of concern for the spread of the Omicron variant. Health Minister Goto told reporters on Tuesday that his ministry has no plans at this stage to change the vaccination schedule but added that the ministry may review the schedule in the future depending on such factors as the infection situation, local governments’ preparations for vaccination, and the number of vaccine doses the government can secure.