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Health Ministry approves plan to offer Omicron-specific vaccines from mid-October

  • August 9, 2022
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All national dailies reported that a panel of experts under the Ministery of Health, Labor, and Welfare approved on Monday a plan to begin administering new coronavirus vaccines that target Omicron subvariants in mid-October. The new vaccines, called bivalent vaccines because of their combination of ingredients deriving from existing COVID-19 vaccines and the Omicron variant’s BA.1 subtype, will be administered to all those who have received at least two COVID-19 shots. Japan is expected to begin importing the bivalent vaccines as early as mid-September. The MHLW also reportedly decided to stop expanding the administration of fourth shots beyond those aged 60 or older, medical practitioners, and caretakers so the people who have not yet received them can receive the new vaccines after they become available in October.

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