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Posted in: Japan to boost financial incentives for clinics to give COVID-19 shots See in context

We live in a small town well away from the big cities. My mother-in-law in her 80’s finally yesterday found a clinic locally were she can get a jab. She is on the list and told her the 1st jab could be mid July, hopefully.

To me, it almost sounds like you have problems getting the vaccine in local clinics if you have been healthy and not needed to visit them recently. This may well be because a number of the local clinics and small hospitals only have 1 or 2 doctors.

Maybe to help speed up the vaccine process, the pharmacist checks the patients health form before the nurse gives the vaccine. After all, all the clinics and hospitals have a pharmacy in the car park or across the road linked to them.

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Posted in: Gov't considers using SDF doctors, nurses at Tokyo Olympics See in context

Shouldn’t we be using the SDF medical staff in places like Osaka helping to support the general medical system. It horrified me the other evening when a news report suggested having a heart attack is no guarantee to get into a hospital.

Also the staff dealing with Covid need all the support we as a country can provide. It must be soul destroying for them hearing about all the medical staff being diverted to the Olympics.

Hopefully there is also a plan for a major natural disaster. We will need all the help the SDF can give at that time.

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Posted in: As Olympics loom, Japan's health care in turmoil See in context

I have thought for a long time now, that the best money Japan can spend now, is delaying the Olympics again. No one knows what will happen if the Olympics go ahead, but one thing is certain. If we have a spike in infections because of it, the IOC will be long gone, after they got what they wanted.

The government need to put all it time and effort into controlling this virus and getting us vaccinated. After all, other counties are now showing the effect getting jabs in arms is having to there healthcare systems and economies. We are in danger of being left behind as the world economy recovers.

We live out in the sticks and in our area getting 10 infections a day is crippling our hospitals. It is difficult to get an appointment for a vaccine, as it appears at the moment we are getting so few doses. Also so few clinic’s are offering it to non patients.

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Posted in: Coates: Tokyo Olympics to go ahead even in state of emergency See in context

You would of thought the the ioc would have turned up for the Tokyo meeting. This would have given them a change to experience The Bubble by staying at the Olympics Village.

The retired nurses are going to be spread thin. Every other day there is talk about them helping with the much needed vaccination effort.

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Posted in: Canceling the Olympics? Huge consequences and a financial quagmire See in context

@Tokyo-Engr is spot on, you have to be living here to know what things are really like. The outside world is always hearing about how low infections and deaths have been. Japan is seen as having weathered the storm well. A few reports in overseas media are starting to highlight some of the problems, but it is a splash in the bottom of the pot.

The medical system is not coping well in a number of places now. People are having to stay at home when they should be in hospital and some have died at home. Ambulances pick up people but then have to find a hospital to take them, this can take hours or all day.

The other big fear hear about getting sick, there is not a welfare system like other countries. You can get a loan, but you do not know if or when you can pay it off. Or you are expected to go around your family first to get support.

The risk for the Japanese people is great and the slow vaccine rollout is not helping. My mother in law is struggling to find somewhere locally that is offering the jab. There are 2 private hospital offering the jab, but only to there current patients. ( town pop over 20,000) So she is trying to get the phone answered in the city next door.

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Posted in: Japan may let pharmacists administer COVID-19 vaccines See in context

My 80+ mother-in-law is beginning to think she will still be hanging on the phone trying to get an appointment at the end of July.

Something needs to change very quickly

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Posted in: Paralympics chief tries to calm 'anger' over Games See in context

I wonder how many people outside of Japan, be they the general public or sports associations understand most of us are not being vaccinated yet. The risk to Japan’s residents is huge.

We are seeing a higher percentage of infections due to the variants. This is leading to infections spreading quicker and leading to more serious hospitalization. There is very little slack left in the medical system. With all the best will in the world, now is just the wrong time for these two events. I understand this is devastating for all people involved in the organisation and taking part.

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Posted in: Coe says COVID-19 vaccine a big factor in making Tokyo Games happen See in context

At the end of the day we are running out of medical resources to look after ourselves. How and why should we be freeing up staff and medical facilities for a sports event. I don’t understand why athletes are more important than people who cannot work or have lost there business. We need to be putting all our resources into protecting the population, not being distracted by the Olympics and its aftermath.

The most important thing for my family is keeping one step head of the virus. At the end of the day we do not know when we will get the vaccine.

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Posted in: IOC says negative public opinion no threat to Tokyo Olympics See in context

Maybe the IOC need to understand why there is a negative public opinion. We have a medical system that is failing in some areas and struggling in a lot more. We live in a prefecture that is having a growing number of infections with a high percentage of the variants. However our numbers are still low compared to some. Yet our health system is already being reported at Stage 4.

The athletes maybe vaccinated, but there is all the other people who will be involved from overseas and from all around Japan. It could become a melting pot of variants that get spread around Japan and the world.

frjdrankinToday  08:24 am JST

The IOC seems to be the only group excited about the games.

This is a very valid point, just look back a couple of years and the build up and enthusiasm for the Rugby World Cup. That same enthusiasm is missing now.

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Posted in: Japan to vaccinate Olympic athletes: reports See in context

So they could be getting the vaccine before all the medical staff get there jabs. Then before the elderly and people with pre-existing conditions. This event needs to be delayed and they take there turn with the rest of us.

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Posted in: Medical staff on standby See in context

Now anyone saying it is not that simple, well yes it is. I am a former paramedic and it takes far more skill to place an IV than give an intramuscular vaccine and I never saw anyone that couldn't learn to put in an IV within a few hours training at most.

My wife is a nurse here and she can draw blood, place an IV but has only worked in one hospital where she was able to give an injection. She is now a visitor nurse and if a patient needs an injection at home, she has to arrange for a doctor to visit.

Let more nurse’s vaccinate and the process could be a lot quicker and wide spread.

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Posted in: Suga says he has never put Olympics first and that IOC has final say See in context

I like to believe that a sports organisation does not have the power to override the government of Japan or any other country.

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Posted in: Coe says Tokyo organizers delivered on COVID-19 protocols See in context

I cannot make my mind up if the IOC and sports bodies around the world understand the medical situation here. Or is it just being put to one side out of the way.

Only yesterday Sapporo issued a Medical Emergency Declaration and Osaka sounds like it is a nightmare. Our medical system is fighting hard against Covid, but it does not take many days of increased infection to overwhelm the system. We need to protect ourselves until we have the chance to be vaccinated. It really worries me we are going to really suffer with a new mix of variants, all for a sporting event.

I will add, I love sport and the Olympics gives a chance to see sports that are not often showed on TV. Now is the wrong time for this event. I never understood why it was not delayed until 2024.

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Posted in: Up to 300 people per day breaking self-quarantine pledge in Japan See in context

A health ministry official has called on people not to rely too heavily on the results from tests conducted when they entered the country, as it is possible to get a false negative result during an incubation period.

"We want people to properly see through their quarantine," the official said.

Forgive me if I have misunderstood. Health Ministry official has said not to rely heavily on the airport test. Yet people involved in the Olympics will be given an airport test and not be required to quarantine. Then these people could be scattered around Japan for training camps before they are allowed in the Olympics village.

So is this one of the “enhanced measures” we keep hearing about?

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic organizers defend request for 500 nurses as virus spikes See in context

My wife will get her first jab on Friday, as she is a home visit nurse. She has also been told to prepare to just be visiting Covid patients in there homes. While doing this they want them to go in a bubble and live in a hotel.

I for one cannot understand were all these spare medical personnel are coming from.

The top priority needs to be caring for all the population first, but I’m not holding my breath on that one.

The Olympics should have been delayed again, by doing this no one is Loosing Face. After all if there is a spike of infection after the event, we will be the one left to deal with it.

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Posted in: Japan getting more Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines to immunize elderly faster See in context

My wife is a nurse and she spends all day visiting patients that are house bound. The patients have been asked to notify the nurses if they have had contact with people outside the Prefecture. If they have, the nurses have to get dressed in head to toe PPE on the patients doorstep. Then for 10 days after the patients last contact with the person from outside the Prefecture. This is all part of the job.

The real worry is the speed at which the medical staff are being vaccinated. As of last night just over 900,000 had received the 1st shot. The rate of 1st jabs is decreasing as they start the 2nd. How long before the 4 to 5 million medical staff get there shot?

These are the people we expect to look after us if we become sick and not just with Covid. At this time my wife has only received info on the side effects, no idea when she will get the shot.

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Posted in: IOC members worry about banning overseas fans from Olympics See in context

My view is, not many of us residents will be anywhere near getting the vaccine by July.  Yes the elderly start in April, but so far our Prefecture has only been allocated 1000 doses so far.

I fear if the Olympics are not delayed, we could end up with a legacy of a Tokyo mutation of Covid. I hope I’m wrong.

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Posted in: Japan considers creating waiting lists for COVID-19 vaccine: Kono See in context

Waiting lists will be a good idea, if use to ensure all spare vaccines are used. This is how my mother received her first dose. She was a month away from her 80th birthday and got a call late afternoon.

I cannot understand how we can start travelling again without some form of vaccine passport. Testing people every time they reach an airport or port surely will not work for ever.

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Posted in: Japan to look at building a common infrastructure for digital yen payments See in context

I use on a day to day basic my Debit Card issued in the UK. I have never had it refused and at a few shops I can even use it contactless. We Are not in a big city but out in the sticks. So the tech is already out there.

i get totally confused over which digital payment system to use which will cover most of my spending. Also which is one is safe.

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Posted in: Many Japanese defy appeals to stay home to curb virus See in context

We live next to a little beach, there is a car park with an access road to our houses. The entrance to our access has large yellow hatched lines and keep clear for access. Cars parked across our entrance road as there are so many people at the beach.

it is bad enough if we cannot get in or out, but it also stops and ambulance and fire engine getting in.

Normally you just get dog walkers and a couple of fisherman. I just cannot get my head around the fact that in our little town, it is like business as usual.

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Posted in: Japan to review seal-stamping custom to better contain coronavirus See in context

Hopefully any change will not get bogged down in too many special task forces and committees. Then there is the time it will take people to accept any changes.

We have just rented a parking space, there are 11 stamps on the contract from various people. That is just for a parking space.

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Posted in: Tokyo running out of beds and gear, medical staff say See in context

"We could empty out an entire ward and use it just for corona patients, but that means those patients (with other illnesses) will have to go elsewhere,"

I hope hospital’s are reviewing patients to see if there could be sent home a little early. My Mother-in-Law broke her arm a little while back, she was in hospital for 2 months. This was an option so she did not have to keep coming back for outpatient treatment.

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Posted in: Japanese rock legend Hyde rips into those not practicing social distancing and hitting up pubs during pandemic See in context

The last few days news anchors have made a point of point out they are using “ social distancing “ by sitting apart.

Thats it, not follow up to explain how this should be done in day to day life. They go on and on about masks and washing hands. Need to do he same with social distancing and quickly.

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Posted in: Japan to give face masks to 50 mil households to fight virus See in context

I would rather have the government’s time and money getting masks and PPE into our hospitals now. If the nurses are protected better, then a patient stands a better chance whatever there illness. As very little testing happening none of us know if we are a carrier of this awful virus.

My wife's hospital does not provide masks for nurses, which I will add is not uncommon in Japan. Her hospital has been trying to buy masks without success.

She would use 2 to 3 a day but now she can only use 1, as we have not seem masks in the shops for 2 months.

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Posted in: Osaka governor asks residents to refrain from making non-essential outings See in context

Needs some plans and tuff decisions soon, as Golden Week is coming up. For me it really does not sound like a good plan to have everyone rushing back to there hometowns.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic head shoots down comments about delaying Games See in context

I think one of the big factor as to whether the Games go ahead or not, is air travel. Everyday more airlines are cancelling flights all around the world. It is too early to know when flights will increase or when people are willing to travel again.

I am all for delaying the Games, so the Tokyo's Olympics are remembered for the right reasons.

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Posted in: Japanese get creative in face of coronavirus crisis mask shortages See in context

My wife is a nurse here in Japan and her hospital does not provide masks. The staff have to supply there own, which surprisingly this is not uncommon. It get stressful going around the shops and finding empty shelves all the time.

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Posted in: Avoid crowds and non-essential gatherings, health minister urges See in context

Avoid crowds there say, yet the Tokyo Marathon is on the 1st March

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Posted in: Tokyoites split over holding 2020 Olympic events in Sapporo: survey See in context

"The metropolitan assembly issued a statement Monday requesting that the IOC and the 2020 Olympics organizing committee explain how they came up with the Sapporo proposal"

The Metropolitan Assembly need to read some of the reports about the problems with the heat in Doha. World class athletics were dropping out of the race and some ended up in hospital. I think it was one of the Japanese coaches made a comments about the dangerous heat levels in the Marathon as well. It is interesting that this papers reports on the heat in Doha have "Expired"

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Posted in: Tokyo 2020 paratriathlon test shortened due to bad water quality See in context

This came up as a problem for this location a long time ago. Now that we are getting closer and there are still having the same problems, maybe need a new location.

I know its only a year to go, but if people start to take action now another location is not too far away. They hold a World Triathlon event in Yokohama each year which also include the Paratriathlon event. Must be worth a look at? Better to have the chance for a successful competition than this embarrassment again.

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