Japan to reduce vaccination gap for booster injections “to the extent possible”

Japan will reduce the current eight-month vaccination interval between the second and third COVID-19 vaccine injections, following growing fear of Omicron.

Japan to condense current eight-month gap between second and third dose “to the extent possible” to curb the spread of the outbreak of COVID-19 variant cases – Omicron in the country, a senior official said on Sunday government, Kyodo News reported.

The Japanese government is working with local governments to further reduce the vaccination interval to six months from the existing eight-month interval, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Seiji Kihara revealed on Fuji TV.

Minimizing the vaccine gap to at least six months will be “based on their ability,” with Moderna Inc.’s COVID-19 vaccine to be approved for use as a booster, Kyodo News reported.

It appears that confusion has been caused among the Japanese population regarding the correct vaccine gap for the booster. The Japanese government previously set an eight-month gap, which was later narrowed to six and then reduced to eight months.

The country recently began administering the third doses of the vaccine developed by Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE to healthcare workers by keeping the eight-month gap, Kyodo News reported.

Pfizer is the only vaccine approved in Japan that can be used as a booster vaccine. However, the Japanese government has revealed that it is possible to have a recall of one different brand and the two doses of vaccine from another.

“We are offering boosters on the assumption that the vaccines are effective against the Omicron strain. We expect there will be older people who will want to get their vaccine booster quickly with Moderna,” Kyodo News reported. citing government sources.

Japanese Health Minister Shigeyuki Goto said there was “no problem with the supply” and revealed that the government “will consider how to administer the injections in order to avoid confusion.

(Only the title and image of this report may have been reworked by Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is automatically generated from a syndicated feed.)

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