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The government said Monday that 19.3% of the country’s eligible population has received the third COVID-19 vaccine dose, with 49% of its elderly residents vaccinated, as the country grapples to contain the spread of the omicron variant of the coronavirus.

The pace of vaccination shots in February ranging between 300,000 and 900,000 per day is still short of Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s goal of 1 million set earlier in the month.

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