Vaccines Are Available for Foreigners in Japan

“As a general rule, foreigners residing in Japan are eligible for vaccination.”

(Taken from the website of the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare)

https://www.cov19-vaccine.mhlw.go.jp/qa/0046.html 

Where can I get vaccinated?

Generally speaking, you can get vaccinated at the municipality where you are registered as an eligible resident. 

How can I make an appointment for the vaccine?

  1. You will receive a “vaccination voucher” and a “Covid-19 vaccine notification” from the municipality where you are registered as a resident.
  2. Check the website of the local municipality to check if the vaccination is available.
  3. Find a vaccination site and make an appointment.
  4. When you have found a vaccination site, make an appointment online or by phone.

What do I need to do before I get vaccinated?

Fill out the preliminary checkup sheet sent with your vaccination voucher. The vaccination process will go smoothly.

The preliminary medical checkup sheet is in Japanese, but there are translated versions in various languages. Please use it as a reference when filling out the sheet.

外国語の新型コロナワクチンのご案内
Information on translations of prevaccination screening questionnaire for COVID-19 vaccine, Instructions and Notice on COVID-19 vaccination

(English, Arabic, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, French, Indonesian, Khmer, Korean, Mongolian, Myanmarese, Nepali, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Thai, Vietnamese)

How do I get vaccinated?

On the vaccination date, make sure to take your vaccination voucher, preliminary examination sheet, and identification document to the venue.

The identification document can be a residence card or a driver’s license. Make sure to bring the original ID, not a photocopy of it.

You will be injected in the shoulder. Please wear clothes that expose your shoulders.

Do I have to pay for the vaccination?

No. There is no cost for the vaccine. The vaccination is free of charge.

How many times do I have to get vaccinated?

If you have never been vaccinated before, you will receive two doses of the vaccine.

You can make an appointment for the second dose together with your first dose, or after you receive your first dose. 

The interval between the first and second dose depends on the type of vaccine. Use the following recommended intervals to decide.

Pfizer: 3 weeks after the first dose

Takeda/Moderna: 4 weeks after the first dose

For the two vaccines shown above, there is no upper limit to the interval between doses, but the WHO and other organizations suggest that the second dose should be taken no later than 6 weeks after the first one.

AstraZeneca: 4~12 weeks after the first dose

For maximum effect, it is recommended to wait at least 8 weeks before taking your second dose. 

Additional vaccination (3rd dose) can be given to those who are 18 years old or above, at least 8 months after the second vaccination. In order to receive the additional vaccination, you will need to bring a separate vaccination voucher for 3rd dose, sent by the local municipality, as well as your identification documents (My Number Card, driver’s license, health insurance card, etc.).

If you have any questions

The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare have set up a Novel Coronavirus Vaccine Call Center.

0120-761-770

【Languages】Japanese, English, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai, Vietnamese

【Service Hours】It varies depending on the language. Available on weekends and holidays as well. 

LanguageTime
Japanese, English, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish9:00 ~ 21:00
Thai9:00 ~ 18:00
Vietnamese10:00 ~ 19:00

Reference links:

Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare – New Corona Vaccine Q & A

Can Foreigners Living in Japan Be Vaccinated?

Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare – Corona Vaccine Navigation

Find a Vaccination Site

Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare – Information on the New Coronary Vaccine in Foreign Languages

For Foreigners Who Want to Receive the New Covid-19 Vaccine

Translation of the Preliminary Examination Sheet Into Various Languages

Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare – Additional Vaccination (3rd Vaccination)

Information on Additional Vaccination (Third Vaccination) of New Covid-19 Vaccine

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