Some areas may begin general vaccination in April

Some municipalities of Japan are expected to begin coronavirus vaccinations for the general public along with the elderly on April 12.

The plan was announced by Regulatory Reform Minister Kono Taro, who's in charge of the government's coronavirus vaccination program.

Kono told reporters on Tuesday that he notified municipalities with populations up to 1,000 and remote island communities to vaccinate the general public along with the elderly.

Kono said Okinawa Governor Tamaki Denny told him that two small islands in the prefecture plan to start inoculating the general public next month.

Kono also referred to vaccination of about 14,000 staff of foreign diplomatic missions and their families based in Japan. He indicated that such people will be subject to vaccination processes where their missions are located, with the areas considered their places of residence.