May 20, 2024

Tokyo 2020 expected to offer COVID-19 vaccines to volunteers

Tokyo 2020 expected to offer COVID-19 vaccines to volunteers

Workers involved in the delayed Games started receiving vaccines against COVID-19 earlier this month as part of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government's aim to inoculate around 2,500 workers per day until the end of August.

Tokyo 2020 will offer COVID-19 vaccines to all volunteers supporting the Olympic and Paralympic Games, it has been claimed.

Japanese newspaper Nikkei, citing organisers, said all 70,000 volunteers working at Games venues will be able to secure vaccines.

Nikkei said several volunteers who will have contact with athletes have already been vaccinated.

This is now expected to expand to other volunteers from Wednesday (June 30).

Workers involved in the delayed Games started receiving vaccines against COVID-19 earlier this month as part of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government's aim to inoculate around 2,500 workers per day until the end of August.

-insidethegames.biz

The Japanese Government had struck a deal with Pfizer to provide 40,000 people who will be working at the Games with the pharmaceutical company's COVID-19 vaccine.

Staff, volunteers, accredited media and health workers are among those who are eligible to receive the vaccine.

The Japanese Government’s latest figures published yesterday revealed that 37.2 million doses have been administered to date.

A total of 26.8 million have been given to the general population, including elderly people in the priority group.

Over 10.3 million medical staff have received doses.

Japan is now regularly administering over one million doses per day.

Around 11.7 million people are believed to have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to date, representing around 9.2 per cent of the population.