Japan starts COVID-19 vaccinations for Olympics staff, media members
The Tokyo metropolitan government on Friday started COVID-19 vaccinations for staff and media members involved in the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics this summer, according to Kyodo News.
The government is using Pfizer vaccine doses provided by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and plans to inoculate around 2,500 people per day through the end of August, the report noted.
Volunteers and staff who will be working at the athletes' village and competition venues, as well as members of the media and health workers, are eligible for inoculation at a vaccination center at the Tokyo metropolitan government's main building.
A total of 40,000 members of the staff involved in the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics will be vaccinated, Japan's Olympic Minister Tamayo Marukawa said on Tuesday.
"We will work with people in charge to make the vaccine process as smooth as possible," Marukawa said.