Japan to open up COVID-19 booster shots to all residents

Japan Times -- Oct 29
A health ministry panel agreed Thursday to offer COVID-19 booster shots to anyone who has already received two doses.

Japan had initially considered giving booster shots to front-line health workers and others who required priority.

But panel members agreed that all people who wish to get booster shots should get one, officials said.

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has said the government is planning to start administering booster shots in December and that it will shoulder the costs.

Last month, the health ministry decided to give booster shots to people who have gone at least eight months since receiving their second dose, citing studies that show antibodies that protect against the disease decrease over time.

3回目のワクチン接種は、対象者の優先順位を付けない方針が固まりました。  厚生労働省の分科会は、新型コロナワクチンの3回目の接種の対象者について話し合い、2回の接種を完了した人全員を対象とすることで了承しました。  2回目まではまず、医療従事者や高齢者などを優先して接種が行われましたが、3回目は優先順位を付けず、2回目の接種の終了後、8カ月が経った人から順に接種券が送られる見通しです。 - ANNnewsCH