Video Message from the Mayor to residents regarding COVID-19(2021.6.14)
Last updated date：2021/6/14
You can also watch the video message with English subtitles below.
Residents of Yokohama, This is Mayor Hayashi Fumiko.
It has been two weeks since the extension of priority preventive measures. There were 555 new cases in Yokohama last week, much lower than when measures were put in place, and cases have trended downward since mid-May. However, 4 of the 5 indicators describing the status of infections are still at stage 3, and variant cases in Kanagawa have reached 83%. We will maintain strict vigilance and do all we can to enact preventive measures and prevent a further spread of infections. Yokohama is focusing citywide efforts on vaccinations, the key to containing this infectious disease. Looking at appointments for elderly residents, we see 459,000 at mass vaccination venues, 185,000 at large-scale venues, 587,000 for individual vaccinations, for a total of 1.231 million, 84% of planned capacity. Appointments for large-scale and mass vaccinations have almost filled, but local health care facilities will soon start individual vaccinations in earnest. Local health care facilities providing individual vaccinations have grown to nearly 1,500. Of those, about 870 facilties are vaccinating not only their regular patients, but anyone eligible, and residents can visit the city website to learn how and when to make appointments for these places. The “Koho Yokohama” newsletter will also publish a special edition on June 16 with this information.
Yokohama has secured enough vaccine for every elderly resident who wishes to get it. All eligible residents will be able to be vaccinated by July 31, so if you plan to make an appointment, feel free to consult your doctor first and make the appointment without feeling rushed. Priority vaccinations are planned to start in July for those with underlying conditions or for workers in long term care facilities and others, once elderly residents have been vaccinated. Prior to that, vaccination vouchers will be sent out to each age group of residents 12 to 64 years old, starting in late June and July. Non-priority recipients will be notified at a later date about when vaccinations will begin. Last week, we started updating the city website with the progress of vaccinations. We will continue keep residents informed with timely and accessible updates.
If we can limit the spread of infection, ensure a speedy and steady vaccine rollout, we will surely return to our daily lives and bustling city in no time. Together as Yokohama, let’s commit to stopping COVID-19 infections.