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Japan's vaccination rollout reaches daily rate of 1 mil

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At the very least, it's progress and more protected.

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Only 7% of Japanese are fully vaccinated. With a population of more than 120 million, and a month to go until the Olympics, one million shots a day is not enough to get the country safe before the games start.

In about four months, everyone in Japan will be fully vaccinated. Until then, hope no superspreader events take place. Oh, wait, the Olympics are coming.

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In Japan, who keeps a record of vaccine side-effects, injuries, and deaths?

None, nobody is stupid enough to believe that vaccine side-effects result in injuries and deaths.

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Meanwhile critics of the policy are censored in the media and by big tech. It is Orwellian.

Not critics, just those spreading false information!

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Yeah, with a bunch of worthless vaccines that are proving insufficiently effective to secure herd immunity in the countries that were stupid enough to accept them.

Well if they are stupid, we don't know if the increase in cases was caused by the vaccines or their stupidity!

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Yes, Japan is now up at 77th in the world rankings - Yeehaaa! At this pace, soon it will overtake Tonga, Azerbaijan and Colombia. Obviously that world-beating infrastructure is really coming into its own against tough competition.

At this rate, the blessed voucher is sure to turn up soon, and it will be possible to visit a website to try and get an appointment.

But hang on a minute, Japan is the only place about to let people in from 200 other countries, without quarantine, without all of them being vaccinated, and prioritise them over its own population for testing, tracing and access medical treatment.

I hope noone takes any notice of the fact that the G7 (with only about 5000 support staff) seems to have caused a wee surge in England:

"seven-day case rates have risen rapidly for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, increasing from 4.9 per 100,000 people on 3 June to 130.6 per 100,000 people on 16 June."

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@justasking; "Meanwhile, China vaccinated 500,000,000 in a month."

Yeah, with a bunch of worthless vaccines that are proving insufficiently effective to secure herd immunity in the countries that were stupid enough to accept them.

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In Japan, who keeps a record of vaccine side-effects, injuries, and deaths?

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I will get my vaccine here in Japan earlier than some of my friends in my high developed home country.

Curious to know what you call a "high developed country" since more than half of the population of EU and North America got their first dose. If you don't count kids (not eligible), the ratio is even better.

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Japan's statistic had been distorted by government since previous Abe regime.

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To say this vaccination roll out has to do with Japan as a national government would be misleading. Many cities decided to say screw the government and took things into their own hands.

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LifeAlertAusToday  01:22 pm JST

Japan Gov't: We are vaccinating 1 million people everyday.

Reality: The Japanese Gov't actually only vaccinated 1 million one day, only one time.

Nope. The data just rolls in slowly. With today's data update, June 9, 14, 15, 16, and 17 all exceeded 1 million doses. And tomorrow, it will be even more.

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They are hell-bent on getting the entire population injected with this experimental vaccine. Meanwhile critics of the policy are censored in the media and by big tech. It is Orwellian.

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The figure is a critical threshold set by Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga to ensure that the nation's sizeable elderly population is covered by the end of July, and all adults by November.

That's not going to happen! My 75 year old mother in-law doesn't get her first shot until July 17th so how will she and all the elderly people get both their shots by the end of July?

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Japan Gov't: We are vaccinating 1 million people everyday.

Did they really say that?

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 i wonder who among our neighbors saw a decline in overall deaths in 2020.

As far as I know South Korea Japan and Taiwan have negative excess deaths up to the present

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Took them long enough. TOO LONG!!

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This would have been great news 5 months ago.

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This is good, but lets be honest had the government not put so many roadblocks in place like having to wait for vouchers and not just passing a simple temporary permission for non doctors to help vaccinate, we would have been at this point a long time ago.

It is interesting to see that the "oh Japanese don't trust/want are hesitant, etc..." promoters seem to be very much mistaken.

Once things were made simpler, once companies, universities, etc.. started offering Vaccines people jumped at the chance.

It is clear the Japanese want the vaccine and the problem was government bureaucracy.

-2 ( +2 / -4 )

Feb, Mar, Apr, May, and end of June. It took five long months to finally get it up to a million a day. Sorry, but that's a hell of a lot of wasted time, in my book.

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Japan Gov't: We are vaccinating 1 million people everyday.

Reality: The Japanese Gov't actually only vaccinated 1 million one day, only one time.

-2 ( +3 / -5 )

In my country I was in line for Moderna but when it was my turn they ran out and said I get Pfizer. Both are good. Pfizer starts working after 2 weeks while Moderna is after 3 weeks. Both good. We also found out both work against the Delta variant. But remember the full efficacy is after both shots. Keep that mask on.

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Comparing the number of deaths to places like UK and US is really setting the bar low, considering they did sweet fanny adams in 2020, and many people refused to wear masks. But for a country where people do wear masks, Japan is doing AWFUL when you compare it to its neighbours. And do understand, these stats should have an asterisk. Deaths at home and on beds not specifically for covid patients probably don't get counted. Testing is very sparse, about 6000 in Tokyo, or something like that? Per capita, that's like doing 2000 tests per day in London!!!! Get real.

@pukey2 i wonder who among our neighbors saw a decline in overall deaths in 2020.

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relaxed rules

How many other useless rules exist in this place?

Who are the rules supposed to be for?

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@HonestDictator: Downvotes for good news on Japan Today? Surely not. Haha. More to do with bitter and twisted anti Japanese opinions.

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Things could certainly be better, the vaccination coupons should have been sent out in the spring or not all. However

almost every government is equally disorganized in their own way.

On the whole life in japan has been far better than most countries the past year and hopefully with a million plus vaccinations a day we should be coming to the end around the same time as everywhere else.

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All these downvotes for Japan finally making progress getting the populace vaccinated is mighty odd. Wonder who believes that they can control world view with such methods. (sighs knowingly)

Hope Japan can keep up a good and efficient pace. The US can help and boost Japan with our overstock before the O-Day arrives in full swing.

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Meanwhile, China vaccinated 500,000,000 in a month.

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Bravo ! 1M per day is excellent !

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So what do they want? A pat of the back for doing something that should have been done ages ago? And they're still putting a priority on the Olympics, draining resources away from ordinary citizens? Are we just suppose to forget everything in the last 1.5 years, and the way Japan shut out residents who weren't Japanese? People are left to die at home because there are no hospital beds. Where's the free testing and the track and trace?

As @Ian points out, the number of deaths in Japan are miniscule compared to most other large developed nations.

Comparing the number of deaths to places like UK and US is really setting the bar low, considering they did sweet fanny adams in 2020, and many people refused to wear masks. But for a country where people do wear masks, Japan is doing AWFUL when you compare it to its neighbours. And do understand, these stats should have an asterisk. Deaths at home and on beds not specifically for covid patients probably don't get counted. Testing is very sparse, about 6000 in Tokyo, or something like that? Per capita, that's like doing 2000 tests per day in London!!!! Get real.

If Japan pulls through the Olympics, it won't be because of the government. Just down to sheer luck. And watch the LDP put a positive spin on this on their way to winning the next election this year.

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I'd rather wait three months longer for a vaccine than have 300,000 deaths chalked up.

As @Ian points out, the number of deaths in Japan are miniscule compared to most other large developed nations. And, this was done without a hard lockdown. We all have friends and family that have told us terrible stories of how things were in Europe and/or the US with close ones dying and being stuck at home for weeks on end. Not here. Less deaths than would normally have occured from the seasonal flu, alone. And, the impact on the economy and businesses has been far less pronounced than in other parts of the world. So, while it has not been a timely rollout, gratitude must be shown for where we are today.

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This is progress and let's hope it's maintained. Especially if vaccination is going to be a prerequisite for travelling or doing certain things in certain countries. One million a day is less impressive when set against a population of 127 million, so I hope they continue to expand the program further.

There is a fair chance this is going to keep mutating and we'll have to have booster jabs. Those who've been vaccinated may be rejoining the queue.

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Everyone I know around here (over 65s) say they have had at least one, and most of them two. My first was in May and my second two weeks ago. The system kicked in, and the staff gave me an impression of quiet efficiency.

Talking of preferences, I would have been just as happy with either Moderna, AZ or Pfizer; in fact, a J+J single dose might have been outright easier.

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I am in the middle of Tokyo, the same Ku as the Olympic village, not far from the massive car/bus parking at the old Tukiji Fish markets…. Workers for village and drivers are flooding through the area, and during olympics will be in daily contact with thousands of athletes and officials…

And yet I have received nothing about when or how I could get a vaccine.

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"ok, new applications have been suspended, which is what I meant to say originally."

because the government hits its goal of 50 million does and is waiting for supplies. It is good news because it means that the government is using its stock of vaccines.

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I'm glad now people who want to get the vaccine are having access to it.

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While this headline is depicted as much-needed “*positive news”, perhaps *a word of ‘caution’ to the 1 or 2 who presently are ‘blatantly gloating’ with their “shill”-ing about ‘Their’ corporate-sponsored, ‘line-jumping’ for vaccinations?

One poster last week said *his company did a ‘last minute’, ‘bait & switch*, initially *promising* the Pfizer yet, providing only Moderna when they queued up for the jab.

Agreed @Monty 6:50am:

- “If someone would tell me that 2 months ago, I would laugh. But that is Japan. Things can change …very sudden.”

Question: Has anyone else had similar experiences?

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Don’t forget this is like 3.3 M/day in. Country like the US (my home)l I don’t think we accelerated from 0.0 to 3.3M /day at anything near this pace.

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Are these the same vaccines that do not stop transmission or infection?

-13 ( +3 / -16 )

Great news. Keep it going!

-5 ( +3 / -8 )

Got mine yesterday. Moderna, both hassle and pain free,

Japan, Nothing, nothing, nothing…… then boom! It all happens at once in a frantic sprint.

Unfortunately there is still the ever pervasive issue of the lack of coherent and informative ‘messaging’ ( No, a blue talking giant stuffed toy talking to you like you’re a 9 year old doesn’t count )

As to the “whys” to vaccinate, there’s a lot of fear around and many people, especially young people are abstaining from the jab. They just don’t have the difficult conversation and everyone is left in a state of mental limbo and nervously half- informed about everything. No wonder the ‘do nothing’ option is the GoTo.

Still, happy to see the wheels are finally in motion.

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Honestly, I thought it would not have happened.

The support for Suga and LDP is gonna increase this week

-4 ( +2 / -6 )

I find it hard to believe based on what I see where I live. I know seniors in my area who don't have appointments until October. I realize that this little city in northern rural Japan isn't exactly a bustling metropolis, but with hospitals only open for vaccinations a few hours a day, a few days a week, it isn't happening where I live. I hope the article is true for the rest of you, wherever you live, but I just don't see it here.

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Be nice if teachers got some sort of priority.

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Our workplace did something like 2500 people yesterday, with the remaining 2500 getting their first jab today. This is clearly the most effective way to get the vaccinations done. I do feel bad for those self-employed though, who will probably be waiting until this time next year to get a jab.

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@Asiaman

ok, new applications have been suspended, which is what I meant to say originally.

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ObjectiveToday  07:27 am JST

This positive news has been ignored over the past month. So many posters have illogically been predicting dire times ahead for Japan. In reality, the vaccination rollout rate is incredibly fast and that is a huge part of why things are getting better. The major vaccine rollout only started in May since most of the general public had no access prior to that.

I would not call the slow rollout up until now to be anything positive.

it's great Japan has reached 1m vaccines in day, but it's not exactly leading the world. Most countries achieved these numbers months ago.

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Don't know how they've done this as I only know 1 person that has had the vaccine, but hope it's true.

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The program has not been suspended

yes, it has.

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Luckly Japan is getting the Pfizer. here in my country we get Astrazeneca and Sinovac(China). God help Us

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The government have stopped and further company and university vaccinations because it can't deliver the vaccines.

"The Japanese government said Wednesday it is temporarily halting company applications for COVID-19 vaccinations at workplaces due to concerns it will be unable to distribute doses quickly enough."

"Applications will be closed off to companies after 5 p.m. Friday, with no timeline set for when they will resume, Taro Kono, the minister in charge of the inoculation effort, told a press conference."

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Finally, as long as the government doesn't let go of the effort most of the dangers of the pandemic can successfully be avoided, I just hope this becomes a lesson for the inevitable next one.

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Still it ain't that much compared with other countries.

On 22 June Japan had a vaccination rate of roughly 19% (first shot and some second ones).

Germany was at 52%, USA 41%, France 48% and so on.

It's not just the amount of inoculations done! Japan still hasn't achieved that much, but, YES, it is improving.

Japan is lagging miserably in the most important count too, number of deaths

Germany 91,146

USA 618,184

France 110,862

Japan 14,496

2 ( +14 / -12 )

 In reality, the vaccination rollout rate is incredibly fast

Here's the reality you must of missed in this article: "the lowest level among major economies..." (with one month remaining until the start of the Summer Olympics)

Japan's rollout rate: fast and low.

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1 M per day is good. Some of my co-workers got the shot.

Of course it took way to long to get started, but let's give

the nurses and doctors a round of applause!

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nonu6976Today  07:43 am JST

...and now they have to suspend the workplace vaccination program …

The program has not been suspended. 50 million doses have been allocated, apparently enough to vaccinate an additional 200,000 people each day. Applications by companies for doses exceeding those 50 million have been halted until additional supply can be confirmed.

-2 ( +6 / -8 )

Still it ain't that much compared with other countries.

On 22 June Japan had a vaccination rate of roughly 19% (first shot and some second ones).

Germany was at 52%, USA 41%, France 48% and so on.

It's not just the amount of inoculations done! Japan still hasn't achieved that much, but, YES, it is improving.

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...and now they have to suspend the workplace vaccination program because nobody was counting the number of vaccines being approved. LOL!!!

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Wow. Took long enough.

4 ( +14 / -10 )

It's been slow. It's been late, but here we are. Plenty of vaccine stocks. Plenty of people allowed to inject us. Vouchers turning up in people's mailboxes en masse. Workplace vaccination picking up at pace. 

So, go ahead, pick the whole process apart but Japan is catching up finally. 

Spare me the Olympic bashing too. That's on a different post.

-12 ( +9 / -21 )

This positive news has been ignored over the past month. So many posters have illogically been predicting dire times ahead for Japan. In reality, the vaccination rollout rate is incredibly fast and that is a huge part of why things are getting better. The major vaccine rollout only started in May since most of the general public had no access prior to that.

-11 ( +9 / -20 )

Impressive increase in vaccination rate.

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Japan's daily rate of coronavirus vaccinations has reached a crucial milestone of 1 million

Great !!.. Well done Japan !!..

And for those who complain about everything here, take your Japanese good news !!..

GO JAPAN !!..

-9 ( +18 / -27 )

Very nice!

Things are going forward and in the correct direction.

I will get my vaccine here in Japan earlier than some of my friends in my high developed home country.

If someone would tell me that 2 months ago, I would laugh.

But that is Japan.

Things can change to the good very sudden.

-12 ( +15 / -27 )

well done Japan, its good to hear positive news, keep up the good work

-5 ( +13 / -18 )

Japan has truly upped its vaccination pace, hasn’t it? According to Reuters, “during the last week reported, Japan averaged about 1.1 million vaccinations each day.” The continually updated data released by the Prime Minister’s Office will likely indicate that the nation first surpassed the 1 million daily dose threshold on 9 June — two weeks ago (earlier than reported above). And according to NHK, the data from the Prime Minister’s Office data does not include people “vaccinated at their workplaces or elsewhere.” So the real vaccination pace is actually far higher.

https://graphics.reuters.com/world-coronavirus-tracker-and-maps/countries-and-territories/japan/

https://www.kantei.go.jp/jp/headline/kansensho/vaccine.html

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20210621_26/

-7 ( +7 / -14 )

Can this be true? - Will wait for the more knowledgeable to tell us “yes” or “no”.

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