The government of the capital of Japan has started vaccinating against Covid-19 employees and media representatives who will work at the Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo. Kyodo News reported this.
The metropolitan government aims to inoculate around 2,500 people per day through the end of August using Pfizer Inc. vaccine doses provided by the International Olympic Committee.
Those eligible for the inoculation using the doses include staff and volunteers who will be working at the athletes village and competition venues, accredited media and health workers. Under the agreement with the U.S. pharmaceutical company and the IOC, Japan has secured COVID-19 doses for around 40,000 workers related to the Tokyo Olympics.
Japan's Olympic athletes started receiving vaccine shots on June 1. The IOC has said 75 percent of prospective Olympic and Paralympic village residents, including about 15,000 athletes, have either already been vaccinated or are scheduled to be vaccinated, with the figure set to rise to over 80 percent when the games start.
As it was reported earlier, a campaign against the Olympics in Tokyo is underway in Japan. The online petition calling for the cancelation of the sport event in the Japanese capital collected almost 200,000 votes over several days.
The Olympics in Tokyo was supposed to take place in Tokyo last summer. But the pandemic made the organizers re-schedule the Games for 2021. For now, the estimated dates are July 23-August 8.
In March, the organizers of the Olympics in Tokyo decided to hold the event without foreign fans.