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Japan to start issuing vaccination passports

11.07.2021 123 просмотров

Japan will begin accepting applications for vaccination passports on July 26.

Japanese authorities will begin accepting applications by the end of the month to provide special vaccination passports to local residents who have been vaccinated against the new coronavirus. Katsunobu Kato, Secretary General of the Cabinet of Ministers of the country, stated this, speaking on the Sunday program on NHK TV channel.

“It was noted that [the use of passports] should in no case lead to discrimination or coercion [to vaccination]. It is necessary to separately consider the question of how such passports will be applied,” he said. Kato added that municipal authorities across the country will begin accepting applications for vaccination passports from July 26. The secretary general said the introduction of this practice is primarily necessary in order to simplify the implementation of preventive measures to combat the spread of coronavirus among those who travel abroad, but added that the private sector is considering incentive actions for those who have been vaccinated.

Business recommendations

The Japan Business Association (Keidanren) in June made a recommendation to the Japanese government to introduce electronic vaccination passports in the country. The Japanese association expressed confidence that the introduction of vaccination passports is necessary to prevent the spread of a new coronavirus and to restore the socio-economic activity of Japanese society as soon as possible. Japanese business also advocated that the vaccinated receive various bonuses, including discounts in cafes and restaurants.

At the same time, Keidanren stressed that when creating a vaccination passport system, it is necessary to prescribe a strict set of rules that would protect against discrimination against those people who have not yet passed it.

The position of the authorities

On Saturday, the national newspaper "Yomiuri" also reported that the Japanese government decided to develop a set of rules for using vaccination passports domestically to avoid discrimination against those who, for one reason or another, have not yet been vaccinated against the new coronavirus. The country's authorities suggest that a vaccination certificate can be presented at commercial establishments - restaurants, shops and others - to receive discounts or additional bonus services. We are talking about both documents received by local residents after vaccination, and documents that foreign tourists receive when they are vaccinated in their home countries.

It is noted that the set of government recommendations will especially emphasize the need to prevent discrimination against those who have not been vaccinated and do not have the appropriate documents.

Vaccination in Japan

Vaccination in Japan began in mid-February. Immunization of 4.8 million medical workers is almost completed. On April 12, vaccination of 36 million people over the age of 65 began. Now in this category, almost 62% are vaccinated with one dose of the vaccine, more than 28% with two. Japan began immunizing all age groups last month. As of June 30, 23% of the population in the country received one dose of the vaccine, 12% - two.

Last year, Japanese authorities signed agreements with the British-Swedish company AstraZeneca, the American firm Moderna and the American-German consortium of Pfizer companies and BioNTech for the supply of coronavirus vaccines. All three drugs are approved for use by the Japanese Ministry of Health, but vaccination using AstraZeneca's development has not yet been carried out.

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