The government on Tuesday closed the COVID-19 mass vaccination centers in Tokyo and Osaka, set up and operated by the Self-Defense Forces to promote vaccination, after six months of operations.
Some 1.96 million doses, or about 1% of the country’s total, were administered at the two sites – 1.31 million in Tokyo and 640,000 in Osaka.
The venues were originally scheduled to run from May 24 to the end of August, but the period was extended twice.
The daily shooting quota has been set at 10,000 in Tokyo and 5,000 in Osaka. At first, the appointments were filled, but since the end of September, more than 80% of them had remained without reservation.
Faced with this situation and the progress of vaccinations by the municipalities, the government decided to close the two sites at the end of November after concluding that they had fulfilled their role.
The mass vaccination centers “have achieved important achievements which have met the expectations of the population,” former Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, who ordered their establishment, said at a closing ceremony.
The information and data collected at the two sites, including on how people were guided and the side effects of the vaccines, have been made available to municipalities and hospitals preparing to set up their own monitoring sites. mass vaccination, for reference.
About 57,000 SDF doctors and nurses, as well as nurses from the private sector and employees of travel and temporary work agencies, participated in the operation of SDF sites.
“Working with the private sector has given us valuable experience,” said a senior defense ministry official. “We want to use it for future disaster relief operations.”
According to the Self-Defense Forces Central Hospital, out of the 1.2 million people who received their injections at one of the two sites at the end of September, 2,930 people, or 0.24%, had effects. secondary products within 30 minutes of their inoculations.
Most of the side effects were non-allergic reactions, while 329 people, or 0.03%, had allergic symptoms such as rash. There were no potentially fatal side effects.
The vaccinations are “quite safe considering the conditions immediately after the inoculation,” said Ground Self-Defense Force Col. Shuichi Kawano of the Self-Defense Force Central Hospital.
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