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COVID-19 Vaccination Information (as of 6/21/2021)

More Group Vaccination Sites Have Been Added

In addition to establishing new group vaccination sites in order to ensure vaccination sites in all eight wards, the City of Hiroshima has established large scale vaccination sites to strengthen our COVID-19 vaccination system.

  • Information about group vaccination sites can be found here.
  • Information about how to make an appointment for group vaccination sites can be found here.

About the COVID-19 Vaccine

Currently, the Japanese government has approved the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. This vaccine has been proven 95% effective at preventing COVID-19 and requires two doses. The second dose shall be administered three weeks after the first dose on the same day of the week. However, it is possible to receive the second dose two days before the three-week mark. If you do not receive the second dose three weeks after the first dose on the same day of the week, be sure to get your second dose as soon as possible (see PDF).

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Eligibility

Those 16 years and older who have a resident record in Hiroshima City are eligible to receive this vaccine.

As a rule, you will receive your vaccine in the municipality where your resident record is registered; however, those with extenuating circumstances, such as pregnant women who have returned to their hometown to give birth or those who have been transferred for their job without their family, will be eligible to receive the vaccine in a municipality other than their own as exceptional cases. As a rule, you must apply in advance to the municipality where you want to receive your vaccination; application details can be found here (Japanese).

Vaccination Costs

The COVID-19 vaccine is free.

  • Note: there have been cases of scammers pretending to be municipal or health center workers and asking for money for vaccinations. We will NEVER ask you for money for the COVID-19 vaccine or to make an appointment. If you receive any suspicious phone calls, hang up IMMEDIATELY and report it to the police.

Vaccination Coupons

The City of Hiroshima will mail vaccination coupons to the address on your resident record when your vaccination period approaches. The envelope will look like this (English translation added in blue; the envelope will be in Japanese only):

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Inside the envelope, you will find your vaccination coupon (for two doses), Pre-vaccination Questionnaire (two) (English for reference ONLY; must fill out the Japanese form), Instructions for the COVID-19 Vaccine (English<外部リンク>), and COVID-19 Vaccination Information flier (English).

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Side Effects

The following side effects have been reported for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine: light to moderate pain at the injection site (84.3%), swelling (10.6%), fatigue (62.9%), headache (55.1%), muscle soreness (37.9%), chills (32.4%), joint pain (23.7%), diarrhea (15.5%), and fever (14.8%).

In extremely rare instances*, there have been reports of anaphylaxis caused by allergic reactions.

*5 cases per 1,000,000 Pfizer vaccines administered in the US.

In Japan, those who receive vaccines will be kept at the vaccination site or medical institution for 15-30 minutes after their vaccination so as to ensure a quick response in case of anaphylaxis. In the unlikely event that the vaccine causes anaphylaxis, patients will receive swift onsite treatment.

The occurrence of symptoms that occur post-vaccination has been reported in the Interim Health Report of Early Vaccine Recipients<外部リンク> (Japanese); the findings are as follows:

  • Symptoms such as post-vaccination fever, headache, and fatigue were more prevalent after the second dose than the first.
  • Most post-vaccination fevers occurred on the day of the vaccination or the day after and subsided within two days.
  • There are hardly any reports of COVID-19 symptoms such as respiratory symptoms (coughing, breathlessness, etc) and loss of taste/smell after vaccination.

Note that physicians are obligated to report to the Minister of Health, Labor, and Welfare (MHLW) when someone who was vaccinated presents symptoms set down by the MHLW.

Relief System for Injury to Health with Vaccination based on the Immunization Act

Regarding medical fees for any health problems which arise due to the vaccine, should these problems be certified by the national government, this system will provide relief for medical fees, disability pension, etc.

Consultation Hotline (Call Center)

Please direct your inquiries about the COVID-19 vaccine to the following call centers.

Hiroshima Prefecture COVID-19 Vaccine Call Center

  • Tel: 082-513-2847 
  • Available 24/7
  • Languages: English, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Tagalog, and Portuguese

Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare COVID-19 Call Center (Toll-free)

  • Tel: 0120-761-770
  • Available 9 am to 9 pm everyday
  • Languages: English, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai*, and Vietnamese*

*Note: Thai available from 9 am to 6 pm; Vietnamese available from 10 am to 7 pm

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