TOKYO: Japan’s health ministry is considering allowing elderly and other people with high risks of developing severe COVID-19 symptoms to receive vaccinations twice in one year, starting between May and August, people familiar with the matter told Jiji Press Tuesday.
The ministry plans to allow other people to receive one COVID-19 shot in a year, sometime between autumn and winter.
It expects to adopt the plans in early March.
The ministry plans to extend the free COVID-19 vaccination program until the end of March next year. It will later discuss whether to keep the free program in place.