Message from the Mayor about booster shots for children ages 12-17 (Mayor’s press conference, 25.3.2022)
Last updated date：2022/3/25
While COVID-19 booster vaccinations are currently ongoing, the national government has released new directives for booster shots for children 12 to 17 years old, and I will announce our plans related to that. With the approach of the new fiscal year in April, I will also announce the city’s approach towards new Yokohama residents who have received their first and second shots in other municipalities.
First, regarding booster vaccinations for those ages 12 to 17, there are 145,000 children in Yokohama in this age bracket. We have set April 4, 2022, as the start date for their vaccinations. Similar to other age groups, children for whom it has been six months between vaccinations (since their second COVID-19 shot) will be eligible.
The Pfizer vaccine will be used. We are planning on mainly providing individual vaccinations at about 600 health care facilities, but we will also consider establishing a mass vaccination venue.
We hope to begin to send out vaccine vouchers starting March 31. As there are 145 thousand eligible children, we hope to move up the schedule as much as possible and distribute vouchers quickly.
Appointments to get vaccinated can be made on the dedicated website, through the official LINE account, via the Vaccination Call Center, or by FAX. Residents may also call the vaccinating health care facility directly to make an appointments. People with regular family doctors are also free to arrange vaccinations that way. This concludes the update on booster shots for children age 12 to 17.
I believe there are a number of new residents who have just moved to Yokohama, such as people starting new jobs or students beginning new school terms, and among them, people who hope to get their booster shots here. Residents arriving on March 24 or later, therefore, will also automatically be included in the vouchers being sent out for booster vaccinations.
For example, if someone got their first and second vaccinations in a different municipality, and then moved to Yokohama as of March 24 or later, they will automatically be sent a voucher for the third vaccination once enough time has passed that they are eligible to receive it.
This concludes the update on booster shots.