Satoru Shimizu, a 56-year-old All Nippon Airlines pilot, takes Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine shot at Haneda Airport on Sunday. Photo: AP/Kantaro Komiya
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ANA begins on-site vaccination; JAL to start on Monday

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Do these companies employ their own medical staff, or are we all competing for a limited number of people licensed to give injections?

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I hope the GOVT doesn't forget to vaccinate the homeless of Japan too

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All good news. We all know that the Government have done a useless job at vaccine roll out. For better or worse farming it out to private enterprise and subsidizing the cost is clearly the only way forward here.

However it's done this makes a November target achievable.

Not saying I agree with this, as the Government should have taken control properly, but they haven't and this may well be the best way to get this very important jab into peoples arms so we can start moving back to a normal life

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"Now I can board an international flight with peace of mind," Takuya Ebata, a 51-year-old ANA pilot said.

No, you cannot. You need to wait for your 2nd shot + 2 weeks until you can say that.

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My company has already applied for this too - we have an onsite company doctor who normally provide the yearly flu vaccination so all we need now is an appropriate fridge and the vaccines.

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However it's done this makes a November target achievable.

For the November target to be reachable, they need about 2 million shots per day. There is no evidence of that happening. or even promises or hopes.

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My company has already applied for this too - we have an onsite company doctor who normally provide the yearly flu vaccination so all we need now is an appropriate fridge and the vaccines.

Any company can apply, but the schedule to provide the vaccines and the freezers is set by the government. An application means nothing.

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"Now I can board an international flight with peace of mind," Takuya Ebata, a 51-year-old ANA pilot said. "But I plan to continue taking preventive measures and not to relax my guard."

A very important and sensible approach, being vaccinated is still not a 100% guarantee of being free of the infection so people in relatively high risk of being exposed should still keep careful measures to prevent spreading it further.

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OxycodinToday  04:50 pm JST

I hope the GOVT doesn't forget to vaccinate the homeless of Japan too

what if they don't want it?

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For the November target to be reachable, they need about 2 million shots per day. There is no evidence of that happening. or even promises or hopes.

If you do the math, the current pace is sufficient to reach the November goal. Of course, we need to exclude minors and some outliers.

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You keep pouring cold water on everything @zoroto. Fine by me. Yep, we all know you're heading back to the US for your shot or shots. Lucky that you are able to take that much time off work. Assume you are having Pfizer limiting your trip to 3 weeks and then 2 weeks in Quarantine here. May I ask which State you are returning from and if you are required to stay in a Hotel for 3 days?

I wouldn't think you'd be going all that way for the J&J vaccine would you? As much I'd be happy to have it right now - it does not seem to be the Vaccine of choice and is going usused. In fact as of now J&J are not planning deliveries within the US right now.

I would say that a November timeline is reachable for those that actually WANT the vaccine, which is probably closer to 90 million at the most. Several days recently 1.1 shots have been administered in a day, that is without these additional measures.

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Several days recently 1.1 shots have been administered in a day, that is without these additional measures.

Doesn’t seem very impressive.

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If you get Pfizer, get the shot in your left arm, because it will be limited in mobility for several hours after the shot.

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"Several days recently 1.1 shots have been administered in a day, that is without these additional measures."

One point one million [1,100,000] injections per day?

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Better drunk and vaccinated then just drunk. At least now the government has handed responsibility over to large companies, If you work for a small company, well bad luck you should have tried harder at primary school.

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If you get Pfizer, get the shot in your left arm, because it will be limited in mobility for several hours after the shot.

Like TrevorPeace, my arm had no limit in mobility. There was a sore spot after the first jab but only when directly touched. I felt hardly any pain after the second jab.

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It makes sense that Japanese airline pilots would get their vaccine shots first. Where did they go to get them? The US? Taiwan?

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Yes, I meant 1.1 million shots. Whilst not that impressive in a country of 125 million people all requiring 2 shots using Pfizer or Moderna it's a considerable step in the right direction after the awful start.

And honestly does anybody care if they have a sore arm for a few hours or even a couple of days if it potentially keeps you out of hospital?

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virusrex

A very important and sensible approach, being vaccinated is still not a 100% guarantee of being free of the infection

So why bother? Aren't we always told that the way out of these restrictions is to accept the jab? So now it is supposed to be compliance without the reward?

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So why bother? Aren't we always told that the way out of these restrictions is to accept the jab? So now it is supposed to be compliance without the reward?

If something isn’t 100% effective, no reason to do it. Smooth.

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Any company can apply...

No, currently the company must have a minimum of 1000 employees.

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@Oxycodin There are very few homeless people in Japan. I'm sure they will be eligible just like everyone else.

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theResidentToday  06:01 pm JST

You keep pouring cold water on everything @zoroto. Fine by me. Yep, we all know you're heading back to the US for your shot or shots. Lucky that you are able to take that much time off work. Assume you are having Pfizer limiting your trip to 3 weeks and then 2 weeks in Quarantine here. May I ask which State you are returning from and if you are required to stay in a Hotel for 3 days?

I was lucky to be able to get Pfizer shots in the US. No 3 day quarantine coming back here. And if I had come back from Tennessee for example, I would not have told Japan's quarantine crew anyway. My vaccinations, plus two negative covid tests convince me I didn't pick anything up sitting with one other person in the cabin with me.

Since the photo is of an airline pilot, I asked one of the Japanese FA's on my flight if she got the shot while she was stopping over in the US---but she said no because the airline requested all flight staff not to get the shot overseas.

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I would not wish to Fly with those who have just had the inoculation....

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These airline pilots have been globe hopping since the pandemic began and are just now being vaccinated?

Unbelievable combination of incompetence and irresponsibility on the part of Japan's Health Services.

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I read up on-line about what were the differences between the 2 vaccines and I found one point very interesting. They say for the Pzifer you should get the shot 21 days after the first, however, for the Moderna it is 28 days and I don't believe Japan is doing that and giving is giving it 21 days. I will point this out to my Japanese doctor friend of mine and if I get the Moderna I will be waiting the 28 days as recommended.

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Vaccines for everybody.. We are the champison, no time for antivaxxer losers !!.. lol !!

If you get Pfizer, get the shot in your left arm, because it will be limited in mobility for several hours after the shot.

I had both Pfizer's already and nothing happens with my arm, no problem..

Results can vary between people..

The thing is, get your vaccine ASAP..

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@Ashley : They have been sticking to the 21 days for Pfizer here religiously, as long as the individual turms up for the appointment of course.

Moderna is anywhere between 28-35 days and my wife's friends wife who had her first shot of Moderna in Ohtemachi has been given an appointment on the 35th day.

I'm sure your doctor friend will appreciate your top tip as you seem to think he is unaware.

Pfizer is OK out to 42 days fwiw, and may even be slightly more effective if over 3 weeks. Ongoing studies.

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.. And I haven't to have spoken to a single person who has been left 'immobile' in the arm of either Pfizer, AZ or Moderna! Where do you come up with this nonsense. Sore arm after vaccine shot is quite normal.

Most seem to be achy and feverish after AZ (not even using in Japan) and less so with Pfizer if anything at all.

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Normally, it would be a shame that the private sector has to take this on to such an extent, and only because the government absolutely cannot handle it. But here, on the other hand, the whole process is still commended. Only very few people think about the cause.

Especially if we take into account what kind of health insurance we pay, what its level is compared to the average European country and how much we pay for it compared to the average European country.

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The devolution process of the vaccine remains a noble idea, but disgustingly remains symbolic. The bureaucrats want to look as if they are doing something. Just look and the numbers of shots they a giving per day and cry. 50 shots a day then 300. It doesn't inspire any form of confidence at all.

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My company started vaccinations for employees this week too, I don't know the logistics of how we secured the vaccines honestly, but I know we have doctors on payroll.

I will get my first shot on Thursday. Which, great news for me, but it still feels like the government is really dropping the ball here if the only people that can get vaccinated work at large companies.

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Kentarogaijin

Vaccines for everybody.. We are the champison, no time for antivaxxer losers !!.. lol !!

I had both Pfizer's already and nothing happens with my arm, no problem..

Well, that is great for you, however if you look at the VAERS database, you can see that the deaths related to this are off the charts. No vaccine should have this record:

https://trialsitenews.com/should-you-get-vaccinated/

Fwiw, even the inventor of the mRNA platform, Dr Brandon Malone, now says he can not recomment this particular vaccine in the current form. (And he is of course no opponent of mRNA technology, seeing that he created it.)

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