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EDITORIAL: Vaccination rollouts still need long-term plan to curb COVID-19

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Japan’s vaccination program to contain the new coronavirus entered the second stage on April 12 as people 65 or older began to receive the shots.

The central government’s plan to give each senior citizen the two required doses in about three months is facing tough challenges. The central and local governments need to work closely together to ensure steady progress in the program.

Local governments adopt different procedures for the administration of vaccines to local residents. All the various methods have both advantages and disadvantages.

The question is which of these approaches will best ensure safe and efficient vaccinations. As they try to improve their procedures in response to the local conditions, prefectural and municipal administrations should share information with each other and learn lessons from others.

One of the key challenges at the moment is to secure doctors and nurses as well as vaccination sites. Even though health care workers started receiving vaccines in February, only about 10 percent of the 4.8 million people working in the sector........

© The Asahi Shimbun

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