Japan to start office and university vaccinations

Japan's top government spokesman has announced plans to launch coronavirus vaccinations at workplaces and universities in order to speed up the rollout.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Kato Katsunobu told reporters on Tuesday that vaccinations at these venues will start from June 21. He added that the move is designed to reduce the burden on municipalities and speed up the vaccine program.

Japan's vaccine rollout first targeted healthcare workers. Vaccine shots are now being given to elderly citizens.

Kato indicated that municipalities will be able to start vaccinations at workplaces and campuses after completing inoculations of the elderly.

He expressed hope that the vaccination program would accelerate, with companies and universities giving shots to employees, students and other members of the community.