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Local governments striving to minimize waste of COVID-19 vaccines

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Governments love taking but rarely giving unless there's something is in it for them!!

Inept and no planning-The LDP of Japan.

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When the Japanese government is taking money from citizens eg driving licence renewal or TV licence fess the efficiency is outstanding!

When the Japanese government has to organize to give part of the tax money back eg the Abe mask and this vaccine program then the cracks keep appearing...

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One blunder after another blunder in Japan total and utter incompetence!

Agree, Its a symptom of how Japan has become a third world country.

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A Japanese doctor friend of mine said that if a patient doesn't' doesn't turn up for their shot they have to throw the dose away.

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I wonder if the news of wasted doses and donating to other countries will cause Japan to give the expired Pfizer to people anyway. In particular, the poor and gaijin.

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Incompetence-

7,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been disposed of in Japan due to mishandling.

A hospital and a mass vaccination each had to dispose of some 1,000 doses of the Pfizer Inc. vaccine because they expired at room temperature, while 12 doses went to waste at a ward in Tokyo because of over-dilution.

Omuta National Hospital mismanaged doses here in my area of Fukuoka.

One blunder after another blunder in Japan total and utter incompetence!

7000 doses could have inoculated a small town in my area. Two or three major schools or more.

Such a waste.

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Striving = we’re incompetent, but we’re going to make it look like we’re doing something.

Everyday it’s always a thought about the future. Hoping, envisioning, planning, considering etc .

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Not mentioned in the article but why can't Japan setup an app that shows where and how many canceled/no show vaccines are available for immediate jab to the open public? This system is currently being used in South Korea and it goes a long way in reducing vaccine waste.

Looking at the record of Japanese government apps it would be much safer to ask the Koreans for theirs, if it was done by the same developers the government keep hiring to botch things up that would lead to more waste instead of less.

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I and others mentioned this week's ago that the large purchase coupled with J-gov's incompetence has the risk of going bad before any significant number of people are vaccinated.

I guess government officials will use this as an excuse to give the vaccine to their personal buddies or anyone willing to give a brown envelope.

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What about just getting random blokes from the street, when they got some spares. Those who are keen on getting the vaccine won't hesitate to take it. Why does the Japanese government always overcomplicate things?

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In Hamura, Tokyo, officials were taken by surprise when more than 450 people aged 65 and over registered for a system it introduced to allow around five elderly people to wait on standby at the inoculation site in case of spare shots.

What is it with the inability to foresee in Japan?

Still, the comedy show continues

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Not mentioned in the article but why can't Japan setup an app that shows where and how many canceled/no show vaccines are available for immediate jab to the open public? This system is currently being used in South Korea and it goes a long way in reducing vaccine waste.

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In a country where everything is centrally organized, why is something so important the epitome of disorganization - is the central government actively seeking a way to avoid taking responsibility?

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Use a standby list, just like the airlines do to fill up a seat when someone cancels at the last minute.

I know Japanese people don't like to be turned away when they're promised something but this is COVID time, everyone should be a little patient for a few more months until we can all go back to normal.

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I had my first shot on May 12th in a Tokyo ward. It was really efficiently managed, and I was very impressed. The vaccine centre was absolutely full , but properly socially distanced, and all the medical staff and support staff worked like a real team. I got my second appointment that day and went back for the shot this Wednesday.

Same efficient set up, but to my amazement, less than half the number of people waiting for their shot. There were medical staff sitting in empty booths and support staff standing around with nothing to do.

I asked my local doctor why this had happened, and he said that some of the elderly people had had bad reactions to the shot and didn't want to have another one, and anecdotally, some people didn't realise why they needed another shot.

I felt really sad at the missed opportunities, and also wonder what happened to the vaccines which had presumably been taken out of storage.

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"Striving to" = thinking of solutions = will take countless meetings to decide= will take 10 years.

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AntiquesavingToday  10:16 am JST

I am clearly one to criticise the Jgov when it messes up but nothing above is any different than what was being done in my home country 

The difference is, in your home country people actually are being vaccinated.

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I am clearly one to criticise the Jgov when it messes up but nothing above is any different than what was being done in my home country waiting lists, using nearby school teachers as backup, local staff in the vaccine location, etc... So please stop making a big deal out of this, nothing new or different than most other countries and the province I am from has long passed 70% Vaccinated.

The one thing that is very clear is the anti vaxxers, covid deniers are clearly wrong about Vaccine hesitancy and despite the fear mongering the demand is far greater than the present capacity to vaccinate.

This was evident in my home province whe to see if people were really not going to want AZ the government opened no appointment AZ Vaccine and the rush quickly out numbered the available AZ Vaccine availability and Vaccine centre's capabilities.

It looks like the same is happening here 5 waiting list spaces and over 450 people registered for those 5 possible slots.

Seems that people in Japan are using their head far more than some would like use to believe.

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Pfizer vaccine doses are most wasted sometimes. Pfizer is very difficult about temperature and dilution. It seems to me other countries also make mistakes sometimes about Pfizer. If they said no mistakes at all, then they shut up their mouths about mistakes.

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I think the system set up in Joetsu Niigata was the best. Instead of lotteries or line ups and telephone reservation bingo, they sent everyone in the city a slip saying; this is your vaccine day and time, show up. People did and they are further ahead than many other places with little or no cancelations or missed appointments.

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Wow, sounds complicated. Is this why everything always takes so long?

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As is often the case with many things in Japan @Yubaru 6:58am:

“The govt system which others wait on standby at home and then rush to receive leftovers at the end of the day.” - @6:58am: “These folks work...It comes across as condescending” -

Agreed. The populace are treated like children by their government...

...yet, many seem content, and perhaps, comforted by it?

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The Nanyo government has introduced a system in which nursery school teachers and others may wait on standby at home when vaccinations are conducted at facilities for the aged and then rush to the venue to receive inoculations if leftover doses are available at the end of the day.

"Rush"... just asking for trouble! And why the assumption that they are "waiting at home?"

These folks work, so others can do their jobs too! It comes across as condescending to suggest they are just sitting at home "waiting" for a phone call!

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These schemes have been already developed, they just only needed to put a system in order, since before beginning the vaccination efforts, and that would be it.

Still, this is of course much better than the option, that frequently is just calling people with connections or money.

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Typo in the title:

“Local governments striving to minimize waste of OUR TAXES”

Why start now?

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If someone cancels they should just pull someone else in off the street and give it to them.

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