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Vaccination of 40,000 Medical Workers Underway

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Administrative reform minister Taro Kono told reporters that Japan will start vaccinating 40,000 medical workers from February 17.

Hundreds of Pfizer vaccines arrived in hospitals in Tokyo on Tuesday evening. The minister, who also oversees the nation's vaccine distribution, said 20,000 healthcare personnel will be asked to keep an observation journal for seven weeks to assess the safety of the vaccine.

The elderly and those with underlying conditions are the next in line for the COVID-19 vaccines.

Japan plans to start inoculating the elderly in April.