Thousands of Japanese companies began distributing COVID-19 vaccines to workers and their families on Monday in an employer-led push that reached more than 13 million people with the goal of increasing the slow deployment of country vaccines.
Yuka Daimaru, among Suntory workers who was shot in a large office flat, was visibly relieved after spending more than a year worrying about the coronavirus.
“I was nervous, but it didn’t hurt me as much as I thought,” she said. “Now I don’t have to worry so much about commuter trains or meetings.”
The Tokyo-based beverage maker plans to inoculate 51,500 people, including part-time workers and the families of the workers, with the Modern vaccine.
About 3,500 companies have signed up for free vaccines and that number is growing. Companies must submit a plan to inoculate at least 1,000 people per site. But they decide who to include, such as families, affiliates, and suppliers.
Universities are also eligible. Smaller businesses can submit applications through organizations, such as the local merchants association, so ideally no one falls through the cracks, according to the health ministry.
Among the participants is leading automaker Toyota Motor Corp., which plans to vaccinate 80,000 people at its plants and offices.
Fast Retailing, behind the Uniqlo clothing chain, is inoculating 18,500 people, including part-time staff and cleaning and cafeteria staff, as of July 1st.
Online retailer Rakuten said it vaccinates 60,000 workers and their families.
Company applications for vaccines are accepted until February 2022.
Japan relies heavily on imported vaccines for a campaign that began in February with medical professionals. Only about 6% of Japanese are completely vaccinated. Japan has had more than 14,000 deaths from COVID-19.
Local governments and Japanese self-defense forces are also at the forefront vaccination campaign, but employer-led efforts are helping to accelerate the pace.
Daisuke Sen, senior human resources general manager at Suntory Holdings, said the vaccines were his company will end in late August.
The first day for vaccinations came after weeks of work, mostly looking for doctors and nurses to perform the shots, he said.
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