Japan taking cautious approach to COVID-19 vaccination rollout

Japan taking cautious approach to COVID-19 vaccination rollout

Painstaking preparation is in progress ahead of the planned rollout of coronavirus vaccinations by late February, with authorities holding a test run at a local gymnasium in Kawasaki where nurses simulated inoculations of volunteers.

The drill involving some 60 people, each wearing a bib bearing the name of the role they are playing such as “doctor” and “person to be vaccinated,” was held Wednesday in the city with a population of 1.5 million.

The simulation was aimed at helping create a model for local government officials to use across the nation in their massive impending community vaccination drives.

Social distancing measures were in place in the gym, with partitions set up to separate participants. The people undergoing mock vaccinations were asked to stay in the building for 15 to 30 minutes after they had received the shot as a precaution should they experience any serious allergic reaction.