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Japan gov't may give COVID-19 vaccines to homeless people at their request

Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato (Mainichi)

TOKYO -- Japan's top government spokesperson revealed in a recent press conference that the national government is considering administering COVID-19 vaccines to homeless people.

    In principle, the public can receive vaccinations in their area of residence, and inoculations are applicable to individuals listed in the basic resident register. Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato said on Jan. 25, "It is thought that there is a certain number of people who are not included in the register for some reason, or those who don't receive notifications." The Japanese government eyes having municipal governments conduct vaccinations for such individuals living under their jurisdiction, who request to be vaccinated, according to Kato.

    He added, "We need to work out the specific method moving forward, but would like to discuss and think of how to avoid a situation where people can't receive vaccinations."

    (Japanese original by Kei Sato, Political News Department)

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