China News Service, April 8th. According to Kyodo News, Japanese government officials revealed on the 7th that the government has begun to explore the possibility of giving priority to vaccinations against the new crown vaccinations for Japanese team players competing in the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.
The current envisaged schedule is to complete the vaccination by the end of June.
It is expected to formally coordinate with the Japanese Olympic Committee and the Japanese Paralympic Games in the near future.
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According to reports, the Japanese government has stipulated that the priority order of vaccination is medical staff, the elderly, and patients with chronic diseases.
If the Olympic athletes are vaccinated, the vaccinations may start before the end of the elderly part that started on the 12th of this month.
In the future, it will be coordinated whether to vaccinate all competition event players or to vaccinate limited target event players.
If the target is expanded to coaches who have a lot of opportunities to interact with players, and the number of targets increases significantly, it may not be understood by public opinion, so it will be discussed carefully.
In addition, if the vaccination is on the eve of the opening ceremony on July 23, it may also affect the game due to physical discomfort.
Therefore, if the vaccination policy is finalized, it is planned to complete the second vaccination schedule in late June at the latest.
The report pointed out that the United States, which will send a delegation, said that it is expected to participate in the Olympic Games after vaccination. Europe and the Middle East are also promoting the new crown vaccine for contestants.
A source at the Japanese official residence said that it will ensure that the players' countermeasures are foolproof through multiple PCR tests and other measures. At the same time, “because there are also close contact events, it is estimated that vaccination is required.”
Toshiro Muto, secretary-general of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Organizing Committee, said at the board of directors on March 22 that it is necessary to negotiate with the government on the vaccination of Japanese athletes.