State-run site to vaccinate Kyoto, Hyogo residents

A state-run, large-scale coronavirus vaccination site in Osaka will begin inoculating senior citizens from the neighboring prefectures of Kyoto and Hyogo starting on Monday.

The central government opened two large-scale venues, one each in Osaka and Tokyo, on May 24 to accelerate vaccine rollouts for elderly people.

Their combined daily vaccination capacity began at 7,500 shots and increased to 15,000.

Eligibility at the Osaka site was initially limited to Osaka City residents aged 65 or older and later became available to residents of Osaka Prefecture in the same age group.

Eligibility at the Tokyo venue was originally restricted to elderly residents of the capital's 23 wards.

It was later expanded to include senior citizens living in other areas within Tokyo, as well as those living in the surrounding prefectures of Saitama, Chiba and Kanagawa.

The expansion of services at the Tokyo venue came one week earlier than scheduled.

Starting on Monday, both venues will begin accepting reservations from June 14 through June 27.