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State-run vaccination sites to extend operation until late November

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Keeping these state-run mass vaccination centers open through November should make it likely that the government will achieve its target of vaccinating all residents wishing to be vaccinated by November, particularly since 52% of eligible vaccine recipients (age 12+) have already been fully vaccinated and over 65% have already received one shot.

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What is the point of shutting down or putting short-time limits on inoculation facilities while infections surge? Hello, keep them running until the problem ends!

This is a Japanese thing. Reminds of the new beers that come out only for a limited time, and are then seen no more even though they're wildly popular. Or how popular ramen shops are open for 2 hours a day so that long slow-moving lines of customers form outside and around the block.

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State-run vaccination sites to extend operation until late November

It should be open, while other vaccination site in Shibuya only can handle few hundreds per day.

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2021/08/31/national/shibuya-coronavirus-vaccine-lottery/

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Good, as expected

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Asiaman, not all cities towns are inoculating its citizens very quickly. Many people cannot just take off to Tokyo twice to get the vaccine. These mass inoculation sites will help to increase the numbers but there is still no way they will reach their goal by the end of November. My city still has only vaccinated 18% of its 25-39 year old's! It is a disgrace.

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I have been looking for two months yet and still have to yet to see a single open slot in Osaka...

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MarkX  07:35 am JST

Asiaman, not all cities towns are inoculating its citizens very quickly. there is still no way they will reach their goal by the end of November.

Most cities certainly prioritized its residents by age and are now focused on the 18-40 segment.

Just three months ago, you wrote, “We will not receive the vaccination for at least another year. Prove me wrong Japan!” The numbers clearly indicate that you are being proven wrong, Mark.

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Japan is so behind.

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The sad part is that many have not gotten vouchers and might never get them. Why do we need a voucher?

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I don't get why it has to have a time limit. Why not keep it operational until the whole pandemic had passed? Pretty sure even they keep it running till next year, there would still be people applying to get a shot or maybe even a boaster shot.

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These jabs are not the answer.

More evidence is online, if you are interested in straying away from the propaganda.

There are pharmaceuticals

that are effective, but they are purposely being poo-poo’ed,

in lieu of this more lucrative alternative.

Since the pharmaceuticals, taken in the proper dosage pose zero threat, as opposed to these jabs, which have limited effectiveness, and unknown long-term side effects, the choice of ivermectin should be made available to all, instead of this jab, or nothing at all!

THAT is the coercion!

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MarkX 07:35 am JST

Asiaman, not all cities towns are inoculating its citizens very quickly. My city still has only vaccinated 18% of its 25-39 year old's! It is a disgrace.

Mark, I see from your history that you are residing in Aomori, and you give the impression that vaccinations are far behind there. However, if we look at the actual data, we can see that 41.25% of the total population had been fully vaccinated, and nearly 50% had received one shot, as of 29 August. That’s only about 2% less than the average for the entire nation. And Aomori apparently did give precedence to the elderly because about 90% of that group is fully vaxxed.

https://www.pref.aomori.lg.jp/soshiki/kenko/hoken/covid19-vaccine.html

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I don't get why it has to have a time limit.

Everything uses and needs to be allocated resources.

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It seems to me 70% (1 jab) of j people would be vaccinated until end of this year, though someone said in March, April (about 3%), May it would take 10, 50, 100 years for most people to be vaccinated. Japan's 1 jab rate is now around 58% and 2 jabs rate 47%. There are 4 more months to go. It is said 70% is hardest wall for most countries to go over. No country succeeded to go over 70% for as to full vaccinations (2 jabs), even China 2 jab rate 62% (1 jab rate 75%).

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I have been looking for two months yet and still have to yet to see a single open slot in Osaka...

Keep on it mate,

https://v-sys.mhlw.go.jp/en/

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Keeping these state-run mass vaccination centers open through November should make it likely that the government will achieve its target of vaccinating all residents wishing to be vaccinated by November, particularly since 52% of eligible vaccine recipients (age 12+) have already been fully vaccinated and over 65% have already received one shot.

That would be nice , in light of the fact that EU already passed its 70% fully vaccinated target, but I won,t hold my breath.

Seventy percent of adults in the EU are now fully vaccinated and that means 250 million people are fully immunised," EU chief Ursula Von der Leyen said in a video posted online.

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Why do we need a voucher?

For the same reason we need faxes, hand written forms and hankos....bureaucrat oyajis in charge are scared of any technology thats under 50 years old.

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Health information is protected and can not be shared without permission.

Do you really believe that?

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The Mu strain has entered Japan! Apparently, it’s highly resistant to vaccines and still being investigated thoroughly by WHO and vaccine developers. Seems like we will be back at square one! Still if you get a chance to vaccinate ( I’m still trying to get a reservation like many others ) go ahead at least it will protect against other variants.

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Jim, can you please cite your source that the Mu strain is "highly resistant to vaccines"?

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They have to extend the timeline because uptake of the injections is way lower than they projected.

Over a million people getting vaccinated each day and you want us to believe that the uptake has been low?

They’re clearly extended operation because there is a huge demand for vaccines.

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Jim, can you please cite your source that the Mu strain is "highly resistant to vaccines"?

Weekly epidemiological update on COVID-19 - 31 August 2021 from the WHO (https://www.who.int/publications/m/item/weekly-epidemiological-update-on-covid-19---31-august-2021)

Based on the latest round of assessments, B.1.621 was classified as a VOI on 30 August 2021 and given the WHO label “Mu”. This includes the descendent Pango lineage B.1.621.1. This variant is known as 21H in Nextstrain nomenclature. The Mu variant has a constellation of mutations that indicate potential properties of immune escape. Preliminary data presented to the Virus Evolution Working Group show a reduction in neutralization capacity of convalescent and vaccinee sera similar to that seen for the Beta variant, but this needs to be confirmed by further studies.

So at least right now there is no data that says that it is highly resistant to vaccines, but its mutations point towards potential properties of immune escape.

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The centers are currently able to inoculate 10,000 people per day in Tokyo and 5,000 in Osaka.

Let this sink in. Yes, these are not the only places where vaccinations are given. But consider how many similar places there are in those locations and their actual capacity/flow. It won't be some staggeringly higher number than what is listed here.

And how many residents does Osaka have? Now consider how long it would take to inoculate them this way. That's just an incredibly low number/rate.

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 I used the center and the system works marvellously. However, I don't think they should be limited to ages, let everyone who wants to go.

As far as I know the big centers are for everyone

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Had the second Moderna jab yesterday evening, and feeling fine.

Looking forward to tethering my devices to myself ; )

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Don't forget to change the default password supplied on your voucher

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30,000 is not nearly enough.

There are still millions of 39 or younger population that could not get vaccination appointments and will not have the opportunity to get appointments by end of November.

Even worse, some cities still have yet to send out the vouchers.

Some cities and wards are also closing down their centers and vaccination drives by November WITHOUT offering the chance to their younger population to get appointments.

When is the national government willing to supply the non-elite cities with vaccines??? At least let people to use their poorer area vouchers in elite areas with excess supply.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

That’s the problem with Japan, they keep putting end dates on things that don’t need them.

Just let things run their course. If they are necessarily, keep doing it. If it’s a waste of time, end it!

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I never ever needed a flu voucher, and never ever needed a voucher for my kids’ kiddie inoculations. Something weird with this voucher game. What is the real motive?

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@blue in green

Since the pharmaceuticals, taken in the proper dosage pose zero threat

There is nothing, pharmaceutical or otherwise, that poses zero threat. Everything is a risk-benefit situation and right now the lowest risk for the highest benefit seems to be the vaccine!

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