Vaccine site for foreigners in Tokyo's Kita Ward

A coronavirus vaccination site has opened in Tokyo's Kita Ward for foreign residents who have yet to get their first and second shots.

Foreigners who reside in, or commute to, the ward can receive a shot without making reservations at the venue set up in the parking lot of the Tokyo-Kita Medical Center.

Volunteer interpreters offer assistance in six languages, including Chinese, Vietnamese and Bengalese.

On Monday, a Bangladeshi man visited the venue. With support from an interpreter over the phone, he filled in a pre-vaccination screening questionnaire and was interviewed by a doctor before receiving a shot.

The move comes as Japan is preparing to give a third vaccine shot to people aged 18 or above who want one, starting in December.

The ward says that, as of November 1, nearly 80 percent of its residents are fully vaccinated, while 69 percent of foreign residents are.

Officials say many foreign residents may have missed the opportunity due to the language barrier or other reasons.

A senior official with the local public health center says they will work with volunteers to let foreign residents know about the vaccination site.

The site will be open through Friday this week between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.