Japan's Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare held a vaccine sub-committee on the 24th and decided to prepare for the implementation of the fourth dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare held a vaccine sub-committee composed of experts on the same day and decided to purchase an additional 145 million doses of the vaccine from Pfizer and Moderna for the fourth vaccination. The target of vaccination is all people who have completed the third dose of vaccination, and the interval between before and after vaccination is 6 months. According to Japan's TV Asahi, the fourth vaccination is scheduled to begin in May.
At the same time, the subcommittee decided to allow a third dose of the Pfizer vaccine to be administered to people aged 12 to 17 years. The subcommittee approved the third dose of Pfizer's vaccine for people over 18 in November last year. At the time, people under the age of 18 were not vaccinated.
According to the statistics of the Japan Broadcasting Association TV station, there were 41,038 new confirmed cases in Japan on the 23rd, with a total of 6,197,841 confirmed cases; 122 new deaths and a total of 27,376 deaths. Tokyo recorded 6,430 new confirmed cases and 14 new deaths on the 23rd.