Prime Minister Kishida said in a 1:57-long video message posted on the Prime Minister’s official Twitter account on the same day, “The infectivity of Omicron is strong.
In addition, he said that the side effects of the third dose of Moderna vaccine were reported to have fewer symptoms, such as fever, compared to the second dose.
He also received the Pfizer vaccine in the 1st and 2nd doses, but he plans to change to the Moderna vaccine in the 3rd dose.
In Japan, in a situation where the immunity of the community is weakened due to the first and second vaccinations, which have an inoculation rate of 80% of the population, Omicron, which has a stronger infectious power, spreads, and the number of new confirmed cases continues to increase rapidly.
As the weekly increase in new confirmed cases doubled about 207 times in one month, the number of new confirmed cases exceeded 70,000 on the 26th.
On December 1, last year, medical workers and senior citizens over 65 started receiving the third dose, but as of the 26th, the completion rate of the third dose was only 2.3% of the population.
Based on the number of recipients to be vaccinated up to this month, the completion rate of the third dose was 19.7% out of about 14.7 million medical workers, 6.5 million seniors, and 2.44 million general people under the age of 64.
One of the main reasons for the slow rate of tertiary vaccination is the preference for a specific vaccine.
While the Japanese government allowed cross-inoculation that can receive different vaccines from the first and second doses for the third dose, reservations for the third vaccine are being concentrated on Pfizer vaccines.
Because of this, it is known that many people are waiting for their turn to get the Pfizer vaccine even though they can get the Moderna vaccine right away.
Prime Minister Kishida said in a video message on the same day, “There are many places where you can get a vaccine without waiting for a long time if it is a modern person or a vaccine.” asked to come.
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