OSAKA – A mass vaccination site operated by Japan’s Self-Defense Forces (SDF) opened in Osaka on Feb. 7 to speed up the pace of COVID-19 booster shots.
The site should be operational until the end of July. Initially, the venue will inoculate a maximum of 960 people per day, but during a meeting of the House Budget Committee on the morning of February 7, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced his intention to increase this figure to about 2,500 in a week. .
Vaccinations are performed at the private Sakaisuji Yagi building in the Chuo district of Osaka. The site has about 160 employees and uses vaccines produced by the American pharmaceutical company Moderna. It is open to people aged 18 and over who hold booster vouchers and who received their second vaccine at least six months previously.
Mainly elderly people were seen at the scene, but there were also young people. Among them was Kosei Inokuma, a 22-year-old third-year university student from Ashiya, Hyogo Prefecture, who suffers from asthma. Those with pre-existing medical conditions received vaccination priority. Inokuma decided to book a slot at the SDF center because he could get the jab earlier than in his hometown. He had a fever of 39 degrees Celsius after receiving his second injection last summer and was worried about the possibility of an adverse reaction to the booster shot this time around, but said: “I am at risk of developing a serious illness (COVID-19) symptoms so it’s good that I can get vaccinated soon I’ll just be happy if there is no adverse reaction.
Until the second COVID-19 vaccine, the SDF vaccinated up to 5,000 people a day at the Osaka International Convention Center in the Kita district of Osaka, but due to events scheduled there, the location was changed and the number of daily vaccinations was reduced. .
Those wishing to be vaccinated at the mass vaccination venue should make a reservation via the Ministry of Defense website, the free Line communication app or by calling the dedicated number 0120-296-567. All places until February 13 have already been filled. Slots from February 14 are expected to be released at 6 p.m. on February 7.
(Japanese original by Yasutoshi Tsurumi and Yuta Kumamoto, Osaka City News Department)