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As daily new COVID-19 cases continue to fall week-on-week across the archipelago, all eyes are on the vaccination rollout.

On Tuesday, the government started accepting applications for inoculations at workplaces and universities, while Tokyo launched its mass-vaccination program for 57,000 police and firefighters at the site of the now-defunct Tsukiji fish market.

But there have been hiccups in the program: Visually impaired people have been struggling to book COVID-19 jabs, as the delivery of vaccination vouchers has been left to local authorities, some more attuned to disabled residents’ needs than others.

And a town in Kyoto Prefecture has been flooded with complaints and threats over its plan to give shots to 12-to-15-year-olds, with callers accusing the town of  “committing murder” and making death threats against staff.

Tokyo starts mass vaccination of police officers and firefighters | NIPPON TV NEWS 24 JAPAN
Tokyo starts mass vaccination of police officers and firefighters | NIPPON TV NEWS 24 JAPAN

The government, meanwhile, is preparing to administer vaccines to Japanese citizens living abroad, likely from August, as they re-enter the country at Haneda and Narita airports.

Also this summer, sources say the government is also considering issuing certificates to vaccine recipients that would assist them with overseas travel, initially on paper.

Yesterday’s (and last Tuesday’s) new COVID-19 cases nationwide: (2,643). By prefecture (50 or over; bold indicates rise over last week): Tokyo 369 (471), Osaka 190 (201), Kanagawa 179 (159), Aichi 170 (305), Okinawa 159 (223), Hokkaido 120 (254), Saitama 83 (114), Chiba 81 (63), Hyogo 68 (112), Fukuoka 57 (81). Source: Japan COVID-19 Coronavirus Tracker

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