The COVID-19 priority preventive measures have once again been extended.
The delta variant, shown to be more highly infectious than the original virus, has been steadily growing to nearly 11% of infections within the prefecture, so we must be even more vigilant.
The City of Yokohama will devote all its resources to enabling vaccinations and other preventive measures to curb the spread of infections at all costs.
Vaccine vouchers are currently being sent out to residents 64 years old and younger in descending order by age group.
Priority vaccinations for those with underlying conditions or who work in long term care centers will begin in July alongside elderly resident vaccinations.
We will notify residents who do not qualify for priority vaccinations separately in August regarding when appointments and vaccinations will start.
We will also continue to firmly petition the national government for a stable supply of vaccine to ensure a steady vaccination rollout for all residents.
With this latest extension, the intensive anti-virus measures will have been in place for more than four months.
We are thankful for everyone cooperating with the steps to prevent the spread of infections, such as requests to refrain from non-urgent outings and to shorten business hours over this extended period of time.
Yokohama will continue to work with the national and prefectural governments, as well as with medical institutions, to implement all necessary preventive measures, provide full support to local businesses, and protect the lives and livelihoods of all residents.