Regarding the fourth inoculation of the new coronavirus vaccine, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare will hold an expert group on the 25th to allow the use of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. It is expected to be a person with a disease.

The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare's expert group, held on the night of the 25th, is discussing whether the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines will be used for the fourth vaccination.

The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare has a policy of permitting the use of all of them based on the discussions in the subcommittee, and on the 27th, after consulting with a subcommittee made up of experts, it will be positioned as a public inoculation that can be received free of charge.

The policy is to use the vaccine only for people who have passed 5 months from the 3rd time, but the target of vaccination is recommended for

people over 60 years old and

▽ underlying diseases based on the preceding overseas data.

It is expected to be a certain person.

In the preceding countries, the target etc. varies

Regarding the fourth inoculation, there are variations in the subjects and inoculation intervals in the preceding Israel, Europe and the United States.

In Israel, which started vaccination on December 30, last year,

▽ Targets are people aged 60 and over, people aged 18 and over at risk of serious illness, medical staff, etc., and the interval from the third time is 4 months. is.

In Germany, where vaccination began in February,

▽ people aged 70 and over, people with immunodeficiency aged 5 and over, residents of long-term care facilities are all 3 months, and

▽ medical workers are 6 months. I am.

In France, which started in March,

▽ people over 80 years old and people with immunodeficiency for 3 months, and

in the UK, which also started in March,

▽ people over 75 years old or elderly people living in nursing homes, 12 People over the age of immunodeficiency are about 6 months old.

Since the end of last month, emergency use has been permitted in the United States at intervals of 4 months for people over 50 years old and people with immunodeficiency such as undergoing organ transplantation.

Expert "Explanation in an easy-to-understand manner including scientific grounds"

Regarding the fourth inoculation of the new corona vaccine, Professor Tetsuya Matsumoto of the International University of Health and Welfare said, "It is a global trend to first target the elderly. We are changing our policy to reduce the severity of the disease. "

On top of that, "If you have to hit it many times, you will have more anxiety and dissatisfaction. It is better to explain in an easy-to-understand manner, including the scientific basis, why elderly people should hit it, and then hit it. It is necessary to explain it so that it can be understood. Even if there is no clear data on whether the fourth shot is the end, and how often the inoculation will be continued if it is necessary, the country will be infected in the future. We should explain to the public based on the prediction of. "

Each municipality prepares at a rapid pace

In March, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare notified the local government to complete the arrangements for the venue and preparations for sending vaccination tickets by the end of May.

Preparations are being made at a rapid pace in each local government, of

which Koto-ku, Tokyo is the shortest

▽ for medical professionals and residents of nursing homes from May 1st, and

▽ for the elderly from June 18th for the fourth time. We

are arranging inoculation tickets

so that you can start inoculation.

On the 26th, a total of 3,500 vaccination tickets for healthcare workers and the elderly who completed the third vaccination last year will be delivered from the printing company to the ward office.

The government has requested that all applicants be eligible, but since the target audience may change, wait for the final contact before sending the vaccination ticket. I am doing it.

It also means that the inoculation plan is formulated assuming various patterns in case the target is changed.

On the other hand, if it is decided to recommend vaccination to people with underlying illness, the local government cannot individually grasp it, so we are considering calling it uniformly with posters.

"Depending on the scope of the target, it will be decided when and when to open several venues for mass vaccination. I would like you to indicate the vaccination interval and target as soon as possible," said Masashi Nemoto, chief of the vaccination management section in Koto Ward. I was talking.