About the 3rd COVID-19 vaccination shots (booster) (18 and up)
Last updated date：2022/6/17
Overview of the third vaccination booster shot (for residents 18 and older)
Who is eligible?
Residents 18 and older who received their second vaccination shot at least 5 months ago.
*If getting Takeda vaccine (Novavax) as your third shot, 6 months must have passed since you got the second shot.
People for whom receiving a third shot is highly recommended
- Elderly residents, residents with underlying medical conditions, and others considered to have a high risk of developing severe symptoms
- Residents who come into contact frequently with people who have a high risk of developing severe symptoms, such as relatives or residents who are caregivers
- Medical personnel, health care professionals, and other residents who face a high risk of contracting the virus due to their work
December 1, 2021 to September 30, 2022 (planned)
|Vaccine used||Interval after 2nd shot|
|Pfizer||5 months or more|
|Takeda-Moderna (half dosage of the 1st and 2nd shots)||5 months or more|
|Takeda (Novavax)||6 months or more|
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.
Mixing vaccination types
It is possible to receive a different type of vaccine for your third shot than you did for your first and second shots. See this page（外部サイト） (machine translation) for more details.
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 of receiving the vaccine.
Call center for inquiries about side effects (Kanagawa-ken COVID-19 Side Reactions Consultation Call Center)
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.)
Consent for receiving the vaccination
COVID-19 vaccinations are provided under the condition that the individual receiving the vaccination is doing so of their own volition with an adequate understanding of the vaccine’s efficacy and side effects. Vaccinations will not be administered without the individual’s consent.
Vaccine voucher distribution schedule
See this page（外部サイト） for details about the distribution schedule.
Where (vaccination venues)
See this page（外部サイト） for details on the vaccination venues.
How to get vaccinated
A reservation is required to get the vaccine. (Residents who have received a vaccine voucher can make reservations.) Have the vaccination voucher ready when making your reservation.
Reservations by PHONE (call center)
|Hours||9 am to 7 pm (including weekends and holidays)|
|Same-day reservations||Only mass vaccination venues will accept same-day reservations if there is an available time slot that day.|
|Language guidance||8 languages: Japanese, English, Mandarin, 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 number||0120-045-154 (9 am to 7 pm)|
Reservations by FAX (for residents with hearing loss)
People with hearing loss who cannot make a reservation on a computer or smartphone may make reservations for mass vaccination venues or vaccinations at health care facilities via fax.
Reservations online (reservation website) (in Japanese)
[Mass vaccination venues]
|Compatible browsers||Internet Explorer is not supported. Please access the reservation site on newer browser such as Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome.|
|Cancellations||If you are no longer able to go to your reservation, make sure to cancel it at least a day in advance in order to avoid wasting a valuable dose of the vaccine.|
What to bring on the day you get the vaccine
|Vaccine voucher||Bring the whole paper with the sticker still attached.|
|Vaccination questionnaire||Fill it out beforehand and bring it with you.|
|Personal ID||Individual 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.
|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 number||050-3588-7191 (for residents with hearing loss)|