Delivery of the new coronavirus vaccine to medical institutions and other institutions will begin this week in preparation for vaccination of children aged 5 to 11 years, and it is expected that vaccination will begin as early as this month.

Vaccination of children aged 5 to 11 will be officially officially vaccinated on the 21st, and the vaccine will be delivered to medical institutions and local governments from this week.

Approximately 12 million doses are planned to be delivered nationwide by May, and inoculation is expected to begin by the end of this month in early areas.

Compared to the vaccine for children over 12 years old, the amount of active ingredient inoculated at one time is one-third, and children are inoculated twice at intervals of 3 weeks.

Due to insufficient efficacy data for Omicron strains, vaccination is not currently an "effort obligation" to endeavor to receive vaccination as if you were 12 years of age or older.

In addition, the consent of parents is required for vaccination, and the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare is calling on children and parents to fully discuss and consult with their doctors to make decisions based on efficacy and safety data.

Children with underlying respiratory illnesses are at high risk of becoming more severe and are encouraged to receive vaccinations.

We do not recommend group vaccinations at schools, but instead use group vaccinations by local governments or individual vaccinations at pediatric clinics.

Since it is feared that some local governments will find it difficult to secure doctors and staff to support children who receive vaccinations, the issue is how to secure a system that makes it easy for desired children and parents to receive vaccinations. am.