Japan Surpasses 200M COVID-19 Vaccine Doses Administered

TOKYO – Japan topped 200 million novel coronavirus vaccine shots administered, data from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) showed on Tuesday.

A total of 99,423,525 people have been fully vaccinated against the highly contagious virus, while 101,199,695 have received at least one shot of the two-dose regimens, the PMO said.

Meanwhile, 636,242 fully vaccinated individuals have already gotten a third booster shot.

Japan, which confirmed a handful of Omicron variant cases, launched its COVID-19 inoculation drive in mid-February last year, with the Pfizer-BioNTech shot. The Moderna and AstraZeneca vaccines also received approval from the health ministry, with the latter limited to people aged 40 and over. It began administering booster shots on Dec. 1. - Florenda Corpuz

(Article cover photo: The mass novel coronavirus vaccination center in Tokyo’s Otemachi business district on July 30, 2021. Photo by Din Eugenio)