Japan Mass Vaccination Centers Start Inoculating Younger People

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Tokyo/Osaka, June 17 (Jiji Press)--Japan's Self-Defense Forces-run mass coronavirus vaccination centers in Tokyo and the western Japan city of Osaka started inoculating people aged 18-64 on Thursday, in addition to those aged 65 and above.

The Defense Ministry lowered the eligibility age in an attempt to fill vacant appointment slots at the SDF-run venues.

According to the ministry, vaccination slots at the two centers have already been filled up for Thursday through Sunday. For the week through June 27, no vacant slots were available at the Tokyo venue as of 2 p.m. Thursday (5 a.m. GMT) while some 18,000 slots remained unreserved at the Osaka venue.

People with vaccination tickets issued by municipal governments can receive their first-round shots at the venues.

The ministry is urging younger people to make reservations quickly, because many elderly people will receive their second doses at the centers from June 28.

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