Today I have two announcements to share regarding COVID-19 booster shots. First, the City will be reopening a venue for late-night and early-morning vaccinations. Second, I will discuss openings at three mass vaccination centers.
First, as you may be aware, first and second shots were offered during late-night and early-morning hours. The purpose of initiative is to accommodate the diverse lifestyles of Yokohama’s residents. Reservations for late-night and early-morning booster shots will open on March 11th, with the venue opening on the 18th.
Vaccinations will be offered on March 18th and 19th, April 28-30th, and May 6th, 7th, 27th, and 28th. Vaccinations were offered on six days each for the first two shots, a total of 12 days, and for the booster shots we plan to open the venue for a total of nine days. The planned venue hours are 10:00 pm to 7:00 am.
The venue will be located in the Yokohama City University Medical Center. Yokohama residents ages 18 and up will be eligible, and we are planning to provide approximately 1,200 spots. This is the largest capacity we can accommodate. Last time we received 677 reservations, so we have arranged for an extra 500 spots this time as a buffer.
Reservations can be made on the city reservation website, official LINE, or the call center. We are currently sending out vouchers to people under 65 for whom six months have passed since their second shot. I hope you will take advantage of this venue.
Next, please allow me to share an update on the mass vaccination centers. I will share information on Yokohama’s Hodogaya venue, Rakuten’s venue, and the vaccination center operated by the Japan Self-Defense Forces.
Currently, it is relatively easy to make a reservation at the Hodogaya venue in Yokohama. All of the city venues are prepared to provide reservations as soon as the following week, but the Hodogaya Venue may be able to take same-day reservations on weekdays in some cases. The venue is located inside Yokohama Business Park, which can be accessed by foot from Tennocho or Hoshikawa Station, and we considering increasing the number of shuttle buses as well. I recommend using the Hodogaya venue if you are able to get there.
The Rakuten venue is located near Futako-Tamagawa in Tokyo, making it easy to access for people living on the Den-en-toshi Line. Although the venue is in Tokyo, Yokohama residents may also use this venue. It is open until 7:30 pm on weekdays, and 7:00 pm on weekends and holidays.
Finally, there are several reservations available at the large-scale vaccination center operated by the Japan Self-Defense Forces. Please consider using their venue in Otemachi if it is convenient for you.