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A survey by a government-linked research institute has found that 55% of elementary schoolchildren in the country hope to get vaccinated against COVID-19 soon.

In Japan, those age 12 and older are currently eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations. As inoculations for children age 5-11 have started in the United States, a COVID-19 panel under Japan's health ministry is continuing discussions on whether a pediatric vaccination program should begin here as well.

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