Large-scale vaccinations begin in Yokohama

Large-scale coronavirus vaccinations began on Sunday in Yokohama City, which has more senior citizens than any other Japanese municipality.

Vaccinations are being given between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. every day till the end of July at a 3,600-square-meter hall in Yokohama Hammerhead. The multi-purpose facility is normally used for immigration procedures for visitors arriving on cruise ships. About 92,000 people are expected to receive two doses each at the venue.

In Kyoto Prefecture, inoculations for people aged 12 or older started on Sunday in Ine Town, which has a population of about 2,000.

Residents with pre-existing conditions and 80 percent of the elderly have already had their first vaccinations. The town has secured enough supplies to begin administering their second shots. It started vaccinating those aged 64 or younger on Friday.

About 10 junior high school and high school students went to the local community center with their families on Sunday to get their shots.

A high school girl said it hurt a little, but she is glad she has been vaccinated, and she can now go to school without worries.