Japan to Prepare for 5th COVID-19 Shots
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Tokyo, July 22 (Jiji Press)--An expert panel of Japan's health ministry adopted a plan Friday to administer fifth shots of COVID-19 vaccines mainly to elderly people starting as early as this autumn.
The fifth shots will use improved versions of vaccines targeting omicron variants of the coronavirus that are now under development by companies such as Pfizer Inc. and Moderna Inc.
The ministry panel also decided to expand the scope of people eligible for fourth shots to include all medical and elderly care workers aged 18 or over.
After the expansion, some eight million people will newly become eligible for fourth shots under a publicly funded vaccination program.
New COVID-19 cases are surging in Japan due to the spread of the BA. 5 omicron subvariant.
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