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Primary COVID-19 vaccination (first and second dose) for ages 12+ (standard vaccines)

Last updated date:2022/11/9

Primary COVID-19 vaccination (first and second dose) for ages 12+ (standard vaccines)

Who is eligible?

Anyone 12 years of age or older.

When is it available?

Through 31 March 2023.

Vaccination cost

Vaccinations will be administered using public funds, and are free of charge for everyone.
*However, there is a possibility you will have to pay for doctor fees if you visit a clinic before or after the vaccination.

About the type of vaccine used, the interval between doses, and eligibility by age

Two doses of the vaccine are required to complete the primary series. Note that the initial doses do not use the vaccine that targets the Omicron variant, but the standard vaccine effective against COVID-19.

Type of vaccine used, the interval between doses, and eligibility by age
Vaccine used

Interval between first and second dose

Eligible ages

Pfizer3 weeksAges 12+
Moderna4 weeksAges 12+
Takeda (Novavax)3 weeksAges 12+

*Even if you have passed the standard waiting period between shots, you can receive your second shot. There is no upper limit for how long you can wait between shots. There is no need to start over and receive your first shot again, so it is recommended that you get your second shot as quickly as possible.
[About vaccines for influenza, etc., and the interval between doses of other vaccines]

  • Doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and influenza vaccines may be taken at the same time with no waiting period.
  • Generally vaccines other than the influenza vaccine may not be taken at the same time. Either the other vaccine or the COVID-19 vaccine may be taken if an interval of 2 weeks has passed.

Mixing vaccine types

While it is generally required to get the same type of vaccine for both the first and second doses, in some cases you may be allowed to receive a different type for your second shot (a so-called “cross inoculation”).

Potential side effects after getting the shot (side reactions)

The COVID-19 vaccines have been seen to sometimes cause side effects after they are administered, such as pain around where you were given the shot, headaches, fatigue, muscle and joint pain, chills, diarrhea, or fever. Recipients will recover within a few days after taking the vaccine.

Call center for inquiries about side effects (Kanagawa-ken COVID-19 Side Reactions Consultation Call Center)

Phone number

045-285-0719(open 24 hours)
*Guidance in languages other than Japanese also available

For inquiries about:

Side effects that continually persist after getting the shot or for specific issues that warrant informed medical consultation.
(Introductions to individual health care facilities are not provided. If you wish to be examined, consult your regular physician or the facility where you got the vaccine.)

Parent/guardian approval needed for children 12-15 to get the vaccine

The vaccine may be administered with consent of the individual’s parent or guardian. The vaccination cannot be administered without the parent or guardian’s signature on the vaccination pre-screening questionnaire.
Also, the parent or guardian must accompany the child.

Where can you get the vaccine?

There are 10 local medical institutions providing the primary series of vaccine (using the Pfizer vaccine).

How to get the vaccine

A reservation is required to get the vaccine. (Residents who have received a voucher may make reservations.) Have your vaccination voucher ready when making your reservation.

Reservations by phone (call center)

City of Yokohama COVID-19 Vaccination Call Center
Phone number0120-045-112

Hours

9 am to 7 pm (including weekends and holidays)
Language guidance8 languages: Japanese, English, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Nepalese, Spanish, Portuguese
Precautions

*Take care to dial the correct number. Please also be sure to double-check the number when redialing.

*The call center will close even once all reservation slots are filled, even if it is before 7:00 pm.
Dedicated cancellation number0120-045-154 (9 am to 7 pm)

Reservations by FAX (for residents with hearing loss) *Japanese version

Residents with hearing loss who cannot make reservations by phone, PC, or smartphone may make reservations for mass vaccination venues or health care facilities via fax.

Reservations online (reservation website) (in Japanese)

Yokohama dedicated reservation website
URLhttps://v-yoyaku.jp/141003-yokohama
Hours24 hours/day
User manualHow to use the dedicated reservation website(PDF:2,776KB) (primary vaccine series) (in Japanese)
Compatible browsers

Internet Explorer is not supported. Please access the reservation site on newer browser such as Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome.

Cancelling reservations

If you are unable to go to the venue on the day you made a reservation, please be sure to cancel the reservation by the day before. Your cooperation is appreciated to ensure no precious vaccine doses go to waste.

How to cancel reservations(PDF:930KB) (in Japanese)

What to bring on the day you get the vaccine booster

Please bring the following items to your vaccination.
Vaccine voucherBring the whole paper with the sticker still attached.

Vaccination questionnaire

Fill it out beforehand and bring it with you.
Personal IDIndividual Number Card, driver’s license, health insurance card, passport, etc.
Medication record book (if you have one)To be checked during the pre-vaccination screening.
  • Wear clothing to the venue that allows you to easily bare your upper arm.
  • Take your temperature, and if it is clear that you have a fever or are otherwise feeling unwell, you are requested to forego the vaccination and cancel your reservation.

Multilingual information about the COVID-19 vaccine

The pre-vaccination questionnaire, guidance, informational leaflet have been translated into 17 languages* on the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare website.
*English, Arabic, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, French, Indonesian, Khmer, Korean, Mongolian, Myanmar, Nepali, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Thai, Vietnamese

Inquiries (Yokohama COVID-19 Vaccine Call Center)

For general questions about COVID-19 vaccinations, venues, etc.

Call center details
Phone number

0120-045-070

Hours

9 am to 7 pm (including weekends and holidays)

Languages

Japanese, English, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Nepali, Spanish, Portuguese

Precautions

*Many residents have dialed the wrong number. Take care to dial the correct number and double-check the number when redialing.
*This call center does not take reservations.

FAX number050-3588-7191 (for residents with hearing loss)

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