Japan considers allowing dentists to administer COVID-19 vaccines

Published April 22, 2021, 2:32 PM

by Jaleen Ramos

The government of Japan is considering allowing dentists to administer coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccines on its residents.

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“We will consider what is necessary to ensure the Japanese people can get vaccinated quickly and safely,” said Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato at a news conference via a Kyodo News report.

The proposal was made in hopes of increasing the number of people who can administer the vaccines aside from doctors and nurses.

Similar to other countries, one of the main reasons for the slow rollout was supply shortage. 

More than one million health care workers have received at least one dose of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine since the country launched its vaccination program in February. 

Around 13,000 people aged 65 or older have also received their first dose, according to government data.

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said Monday he expects to procure enough doses for all those eligible by the end of September through additional shipments from Pfizer, the report added.

 
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