Over Half of Japan's Population Given 2 Vaccine Shots

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Tokyo, Sept. 13 (Jiji Press)--Over half of Japan's population have received a second shot of a COVID-19 vaccine some seven months after the country's vaccination program started initially for medical workers in February, the government said Monday.

The nationwide rate of inoculation against the novel coronavirus has reached 50.9 pct, according to the government.

The government aims to administer two shots of a COVID-19 vaccine to those who wish to receive them at an early date in October-November and is considering easing activity restrictions on fully vaccinated people.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato told a news conference on Monday that Japan's vaccination program "has been moving smoothly as a whole." He indicated that the government will continue to promote related efforts.

According to a tally by the prime minister's office, the cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine shots given in Japan reached some 144 million as of Monday.

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