In anticipation of a surge in demand in some municipalities for doctors and nurses eligible to administer COVID-19 vaccines, Japan will enlist the help of dentists for its nationwide inoculation program, which is currently progressing at a very slow pace.

After gaining approval from a panel of experts, the health ministry decided Friday to allow dentists — who are deemed ineligible to give COVID-19 vaccines under the Medical Practitioners’ Law — to administer the shots under some circumstances.

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