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Young people in Japan actively participate in vaccination against coronavirus

05.09.2021 33 просмотров

The hype of vaccination against coronavirus is observed among Japanese youth.


Vaccination in Japan began in mid-February this year, a notable delay compared to many Western countries. This was largely due to logistics issues. Not having its own vaccine at that time, Japan was forced to purchase drugs from Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Moderna. Priority was given to medical workers across the country, and then it was the turn of people over 65 years of age - by the beginning of September, out of 36 million people in this age group, 87.1% were already vaccinated with two components.

At the end of July, in country began to immunize people of other ages. At first, this process was rather slow, but in the first days of September, a real stir broke out among the youth. This was due to the emergence of vaccination centers that did not require prior registration and were focused on the young.

Vaccination centers for young people

Previously, all coronavirus vaccination centers in Japan worked strictly by appointment. Many residents have had to book their COVID-19 vaccination weeks or even months in advance at a suitable and not-so-good facility. The first to change this system was the central Tokyo district of Shibuya, known for its vibrant club life. There, at the end of August, the first vaccination center in the country appeared without prior registration. And right in front of him, a huge queue of young Tokyons lined up, the capacity of the institution was clearly not designed for a large flow of applicants.

This led to the fact that on September 2, the authorities were forced to change the procedure for the vaccination center in Shibuya. Those wishing to be vaccinated were invited to take part in a free lottery in order to win a reservation for the next day. Lotteries are held daily, you can also apply for participation through the popular LINE messenger (“Line”).

Despite the rainy weather, on Saturday morning, a queue of those who had the opportunity to participate in the lottery lined up in front of this vaccination center take root. The entire quota for this day has been selected, the district administration said. Following the example of the Tokyo area, similar youth-oriented vaccination centers are beginning to appear throughout Japan.

Vaccination progress in Japan

By early September, out of Japan's 126 million 58% received at least one dose of the vaccine, and 47.1% received two doses. The government has set the goal of fully vaccinating 80% of the population by early October, and 100% by November. Vaccination in Japan is voluntary, there are no restrictions for those who evade immunization.

In June, the Japan Business Association recommended that the Cabinet of Ministers introduce electronic vaccination passports in the country. This recommendation was justified by the need to prevent the spread of coronavirus and to normalize socio-economic life as soon as possible. The Association of Entrepreneurs proposed to encourage those who have taken root with various bonuses, including discounts in cafes and restaurants. At the same time, the association considers it important to prescribe clear rules that protect against discrimination those who have not had time to be vaccinated or are not going to do it for some objective reasons.

Without coercion and discrimination

The Government of Japan, for its part, has consistently promised to do everything necessary to protect such persons from discrimination. There is no anti-vaccination movement in the country - during the entire period of the pandemic, not a single major rally against vaccination and anti-covid restrictions took place. These restrictions in Japan are mild compared to European countries and the United States. Even with the state of emergency that has been in effect in Tokyo in recent months, cafes, restaurants, shopping malls and cinemas are open, and the movement of people is not restricted in any way.

Coronavirus restrictions in Japan are mostly advisory in nature and calculated on the consciousness of the population. Monetary fines are provided only for businesses in the event of a malicious violation of anti-COVID measures.

Japan faced another wave of infection in the summer. In July-August, the daily increase in the number of infected repeatedly updated anti-records both in Tokyo and throughout the country. In many regions there were problems with the bed fund. By the end of August, the situation began to improve, which local authorities directly link to active vaccination. As statistics confirm, the higher the percentage of people vaccinated against coronavirus in Japan, the lower the daily increase in cases of infection and deaths.

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