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U.S. military in Japan begins first wave of COVID-19 vaccinations

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The speed and organization of the US military is admirable here.

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I wish us Americans could go to the embassy for inoculations. I would even pay for it.

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This is interesting... the American military will be the only ones safe to go out drinking in Okinawa.

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I wish us Americans could go to the embassy for inoculations. I would even pay for it

Hmm .. It certainly doesn't feel like a big ask . Send them an email see how it goes. Your citizenship level shouldn't drop based on geography.

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After the Fukushima nuclear meltdown, the US embassy dispensed free iodine tablets. (I know this because I was a recipient -- gave them to a neighbor's young son.) So I'm thinking it could easily be done, if they wanted to.

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@Zichi: Would be nice if they would do that, but I doubt it as we are not on their mission statement...protect the golf courses.

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After the Fukushima nuclear meltdown, the US embassy dispensed free iodine tablets. (I know this because I was a recipient -- gave them to a neighbor's young son.) So I'm thinking it could easily be done, if they wanted to.

Iodine tablets don't require refrigeration, trained personnel to inject it, a second dose or any paperwork to record having received it. Maybe not so easy as you think?

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@smithinjapan

"This is interesting... the American military will be the only ones safe to go out drinking in Okinawa."

Not quite...even after vaccination, it's still "masks/distancing/hand washing" and no bars. The rules don't change immediately after getting it.

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@SandyBeachHeaven,

I am prior military and currently work on the base in northern Japan. From what we have been told, it will be up to the base commanders and unit leaders as to who will get the inoculation first. First responders will be first, then more mission essential personnel. Who knows how long it will take to get it to everyone. If you are an American, not associated with a base in any way, I don't see them really assisting you. The Embassy would probably be the best option for information. I know from personal experience trying to seek medical care through the base hospital. If you are not active duty or a dependent, you are not a level 1 priority.

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Hmm .. It certainly doesn't feel like a big ask . Send them an email see how it goes

8000 doses. How many US military in Japan? May not be a big ask, but there doesn't appear to be enough left over for US civilians...

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It could be arranged for American citizens getting their jabs at a base once they have finished with the military.

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Zichi-san: It is easier for a Japanese national to get on a military base than an American. I can finally get on for banking again, but a friend has to sign me in.

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If they wanted they could arrange something near the gate area. I think there are about 50,000 American residents.

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This is interesting... the American military will be the only ones safe to go out drinking in Okinawa.

No long term study of vaccine effectiveness, so a load of drunken grunts, not social distancing or washing hands, and of course, no masks while drinking. Next planeload, sub or shipload will just go out and rock’n’roll.

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I will ask some of my military and state department friends about getting all Americans inoculated at bases or the embassy.

Will send an email this afternoon.

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By the way, just watched again , but this time in slo-mo, that Biden vaccination video that was showed on all channels... you don’t need to be a magician to clearly see the rather possible fake. The nurse covers up the scene with her rubber gloves and the injection is put behind the arm. He himself doesn’t even look or makes the slightest eye movement as all of us would do by reflex or when it hurts a bit. Not 100% sure, but sufficient doubts remain. Watch it again too, if you find the time, only just for historically and funny propaganda....lol

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