A growing number of local municipalities have been canceling plans for COVID-19 vaccinations as the government finds itself surprisingly short on supplies.

Taro Kono, the minister in charge of the vaccine rollout, said Friday that vaccine doses to be distributed over the two weeks from July 19 would be about 12.4 million shots, only about a third of what municipalities have requested.

In Hyogo Prefecture, the city of Kobe has said it will cancel vaccination appointments for people receiving their first shots starting next Tuesday and suspend applications for people below 60 years of age.