Kono: Booster jabs for elderly may start next year

Japan's Regulatory Reform Minister Kono Taro says the government intends to roll out third booster doses of the coronavirus vaccine for healthcare workers before yearend, and for elderly people in the coming year.

Kono, who is in charge of the country's vaccine program, made the remarks at a news conference on Tuesday.

He said the health ministry had decided to offer booster shots to people who received their second dose at least eight months ago.

Kono noted there were cases in which making reservations were difficult for first and second shots.

But he said that, because of the time frame for receiving third doses, rough dates can be derived from people's previous vaccination records. He added it might be possible for local municipalities to designate the date and time for third jabs.