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Japan began rolling out ワクチン (wakuchin, vaccines) for the 新型コロナウイルス (shingata koronauirusu, novel coronavirus/COVID-19) in February. We were a little behind other G7 nations but, 遅くても始まらないよりはまし (osokute mo hajimaranai yori wa mashi, better late than never).

With more than 58 million or 46.2% of the total population having been fully vaccinated as of the time of this writing, you’ll often hear people talk about ワクチン and their 副反応 (fukuhannō, side effects) in everyday conversation. Being vaccinated is becoming a prerequisite to attend some social functions in Japan, so being able to tell people you’ve received your shots is becoming increasingly important.

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