Updates on COVID-19 Vaccination
◆Information below is accurate as of 19 July 2021
Japan as a whole is undergoing preparation for administration of the COVID-19 vaccination, which is anticipated to prevent COVID-19 symptoms and complications and contain the pandemic.
Komatsu City has assembled a Vaccination Specialist Team as well, and is coordinating with national, prefectural and municipal medical associations to ensure safe and effective vaccination for our residents.
※Details are subject to changes based on national vaccine supply and ongoing developments.
- Vaccine Details
- Vaccination Priority & Schedule
- Vaccination Process
- Appointment Booking
- Waiting List Registration
- Ishikawa Kenmin Vaccine Center
- Priority Vaccination for Expectant Mothers
- Effectiveness & Side Effects
- Vaccine Reports
- Links & FAQ
Latest Report (6th Report, 25th June)
Free of charge (fully publicly funded）
Number of Doses
In order to maximize vaccine efficacy, each person requires 2 doses.
※Interval between shots is 3～4 weeks depending on vaccine type.
※The first and second shot must be from the same vaccine manufacturer.
Japan has agreements to receive vaccines from the following manufacturers. The vaccine currently in use in Komatsu is the Pfizer vaccine.
No. of doses
3 weeks (21 days)
viral vector vaccine
4 weeks (28 days)
4 weeks (28 days)
Start of Vaccination Availability
In accordance with directives from the national government, healthcare staff will receive priority, followed by senior citizens, then those aged 64 and below with pre-existing illnesses etc.
Coupon Mail Date
|1||Medical Staff||-||Mostly finished|
|2||65 year olds & above||Sent||
|3a||Below 65 years old with pre-existing illnesses|
|3b||Staff of elderly factilities|
60~64 year olds
40~59 year olds
31~39 year olds
Starts 19 Aug (Thu) 9AM
19-30 year olds can also vaccinate at large-scale vaccination site
19~30 year olds
16~18 year olds
12~15 year olds
|17 Aug (Tues)||Starts 19 Aug (Thu) 9AM|
For those 19-30 years old:
Vaccination at the Ishikawa Kenmin Vaccine Center has been extended to those 19-30 years old from 8 July.
(new bookings for 22 Aug (Sun) ~ 4 Sept (Sat) has been suspended)
Refer here for details.
Booking for 12~15 year olds & 19~39 year olds starts 19 Aug, 9AM.
Refer here for details on cancellation waiting list system
●If you receive vaccination instructions from your company or organization etc., follow the specific procedures as instructed.
1．A coupon for free vaccination will be mailed to your home from the city hall.
2．Book your vaccine appointment through Komatsu City’s designated vaccine call center※ or website※
3．Vaccinate at either a mass vaccination site or medical facility on your appointed date.
【Things to bring】・Vaccination coupon
・ID (My Number Card, driver’s license, health insurance card etc.)
・Medicine handbook (for those on medication)
(*Translation for reference only. You cannot use this English version for submission. Please fill in original Japanese form received using this as a guide) (Download PDF)
Mass Vaccination Sites（4 locations within Komatsu）
Komatsu Civic Center
*availability subject to vaccine supply
|Daiichi Community Center||
|AEON MALL Shinkomatsu (3F)||
For 12-15 year olds:
Private Vaccination Sites
Appointment booking procedures vary according to facility.
Details on booking start date and process can be found in the「ご案内」guide enclosed with the vaccine coupon.
Please avoid calling the medical facilities for enquiries before receiving this「ご案内」guide.
（※）Where to book・・・City：Internet, call center or service counter
Medical Facility：Directly with facility
For 12-15 year olds:
*ONLY venues listed below provide vaccination for 12-15 year olds
Current Booking Availability
*19-30 year olds may also vaccinate at Ishikawa Kenmin Vaccine Center (slots for 22 Aug~4 Sept no longer available)
・You can book an appointment once the vaccine coupon has been mailed to you. Please have the coupon on hand when you make the booking.
・You might not be able to book a slot if the alloted vaccines for this batch run out. In such circumstances, we seek your patience in waiting for the next batch of vaccines.
Important Points to Note
Regarding 1st and 2nd Vaccine Bookings
・The bookings for the first and second doses are processed separately. Confirm that you have chosen the correct dosage when making your booking.
・Book your second dose only after receiving the first.
・An interval of at least 3 weeks is required between the two doses.
（You may book your second dosage from 21 days after the first (on the same day of the week)
・The second dose should be on the same day of the week 3 weeks later, at the same time and venue. ※Keep that date & time free to ensure you can book your 2nd appointment
For those receiving treatment for some condition (i.e taking medication)
・If you wish to vaccinate at a mass vaccination venue, be sure to receive examination and consultation from your regular doctor before vaccinating.
A booking confirmation mail will be sent to the email address submitted after the booking has been completed. Please set your email settings to accept mail from「@mrso.jp」.
Komatsu Designated Vaccine Call Center 小松市ワクチン専用コールセンター
Hours: 9AM～5PM (including weekends & public holidays)
※Be careful not to dial the wrong number
To avoid wastage of vaccines when sudden cancellations are made, a waiting list system has been set up. If you register for the waiting list, you will be contacted when vaccines from cancelled appointments are available.
- Resident of Komatsu City (under Certificate of Residence juminhyo)
- At least 19 years old and received vaccine coupon
- Have not received COVID-19 vaccine at all (including first dose)
- Able to get to vaccination venue within timing requested (*you may be asked to come as quickly as within 60 mins)
- No existing appointments at other vaccination venues
Points to Note
- Vaccines will be offered to those on the waiting list on first-come-first-serve basis (according to time of registration)
- You will receive a maximum of 2 calls from the call center between 9AM to 5PM
- If you are unable to make the requested timing or do not pick up the call, the offer will be made to the next person on the list and you will be moved to the end of the queue. We seek your understanding that return calls will not be accepted under any circumstances.
- You may be asked to come to the venue as quickly as within 60 minutes of the call.
- You cannot choose the vaccination venue.
- You cannot get someone to register on your behalf.
- The 2nd shot is usually on the same day of the week 3 weeks later, at the same venue, but this might not be the case for those who receive the 1st shot through the waiting list.
How to Register
Contact Foreigner Support Desk if you need help with using the site: 0761-24-8231
Call the Komatsu Vaccine Dial at 0761-24-8123
You will be asked for your name, vaccine coupon no., birthdate, address and phone no. reachable in the day.
Process After Registration
- You will be registered on the waiting list the day after applying
- The call center will contact those registered on the list by first-come-first-serve basis, when there is a appointment cancellation
- If you receive the call, come to the designated venue within the time requested.
Ishikawa Prefecture has set up a large-scale vaccination site for specific age groups. It is currently open to those 19-30 years old.
Venue: Ishikawa Industrial Exhibition Hall #4 石川県産業展示館4号館
(Minami-193 Fukurobatake-machi, Kanazawa 金沢市袋畠町南193)
How to book: Online via dedicated booking site only
Contact: Ishikawa Kenmin Vaccine Call Center
Available 9am ~ 5pm, everyday
For general enquiries on vaccination center.
※Bookings will not be accepted via the call center
19~30 year olds
Born 2 Apr 1991 ~ 1 Apr 2003
Weekdays: 2 - 5 PM
Weekends: 9 AM - 12 PM, 2 - 5 PM
※subject to possible changes
A special vaccination site for pregnant women has been set up, as pregnant women (especially in later stages) are expected to be at higher risk of more serious COVID-19 symptoms. (The vaccine used will be Pfizer)
Please check the notice that has been sent out to all expectant mothers in Komatsu City who have been issued the Maternal & Child Health Handbook (boshi techo).
Expectant mothers registered as a Komatsu citizen, and who have not made a COVID-19 vaccination appointment booking as of 31 Aug.
*We seek your understanding that partners/family members are not eligible due to limited vaccine supply
Points to Note
- Please make sure you are available on both of the dates indicated for each booking slot. The corresponding day and time for the second shot is fixed based on which slot you choose for the first shot. You cannot choose a different day & time for the second shot.
- Be sure to confirm with your gynaecologist in charge that it is ok to vaccinate before making your booking. The staff at the vaccination venue will verify if you have gotten your doctor's approval.
- Bring your Maternal & Child Health Handbook (boshi techo) on the day of vaccination. Check the notice sent along with your vaccine coupon for other necessary items.
- If you have already booked a vaccine appointment somewhere else, please stick to that appointment.
- You will not receive a confirmation notice for your booking, so be sure to remember your appointment day and time.
Vaccination Venue & Schedule
Venue: AEON Mall Shinkomatsu (3F Aeon Hall)
*The easiest way to get to the vaccination area is to take the escalator in front of the food area of the supermarket/elevator next to the ATM corner, up to the 3rd floor. Be sure to wash your hands before proceeding to reception
*There might be congestion around the mall, so be sure to give yourself ample time to get to the venue. Please come to the vaccination reception exactly at the time appointed (do not come early), to avoid overcrowding.
|1st Dose||2nd Dose||Reception hours||Booking Deadline|
|12 Sept (Sun)||3 Oct (Sun)||10 - 11.30AM||8 Sept (Wed) 5PM|
|17 Sept (Fri)||8 Oct (Fri)||5.30 - 8PM||13 Sept (Mon) 5PM|
How to Book
Through the designated Komatsu Vaccine Dial only:
(Reception hours: 9AM - 5PM, including weekends & public holidays)
*internet booking is not available
The COVID-19 vaccine is mainly expected to prevent symptoms and worsening of symptoms.
The Pfizer vaccine currently approved in Japan is recognized to have a 95% symptom-prevention rate.
The vaccine is anticipated to limit the spread of infections and prevent occurance and worsening of symptoms for individuals, by providing immunity against the virus. Importantly, we cannot end this pandemic without providing immunity against COVID-19 to as many people as possible.
Since vaccines provide immunity by stimulating a response from the body, side effects such as pain around the injected area, fever, and headaches etc. are generally expected.
Anaphylaxis (sudden serious allergic reactions) have also been reported in extremetly rare instances. We have preparations in place to respond swiftly if cases of anaphylaxis occur at the vaccination sites.
※Anaphylaxis: Severe allergic reaction involving sudden rash/swelling, digestive or respiratory symptoms, and sometimes drop in blood pressure and consciousness.
Frequency of Main Side Effects (after 2nd dose)
The above symptoms subside within a few days in majority of cases.
Consultation on Side Effects
Please call the medical facility where you vaccinated or your regular doctor if you have concerns on side effects.
For those who vaccinated at a mass vaccination site and have no regular doctor, you may enquire with the following contact:
Ishikawa Fever Patients and COVID-19 Vaccine Side Effects Consultation Center
Tel: 0120-540-004 (free dial)
(9am - 9pm, including weekends & PH)
※consultation on symptoms such as fever etc. are accepted 24hours
※be careful not to dial the wrong number
Vaccinating Outside Registered Municipality
As a general rule, vaccination should be done within the municipality that your registered address is under. However, those who live away from the address registered under their Certificate of Residence over long periods, due to unavoidable circumstances, can vaccinate at their present municipality if the medical facility administering the vaccine applies to the municipality in advance.
Even in such cases, you will need the vaccine coupon sent from the municipality registered under your Certificate of Residence.
Eligibility for vaccination outside registered municipality
- Expectant mothers who have returned to their hometown for delivery
- Those transferred elsewhere for work away from family
- Students who have moved elsewhere for schooling
- Those afflicted by domestic violence, stalking, child abuse etc.
How to Apply
The medical facility you are vaccinating at is required to submit a notification (住所地外接種届) to the municipality it belongs to. Please apply through any of the following methods.
The municipality will issue a certificate for vaccinating outside your registered municipality (住所地外接種届出済証) after verifying the contents of your application.
You may download the notification form here (Japanese only):
Fill in the necessary fields of the 住所地外接種届 notification, enclose with a copy of your vaccine coupon and return envelope (stamp pasted), and mail to the municipality in which the vaccinating facility is located.
At Service Counter
Bring the 住所地外接種届 along with your vaccine coupon (copy also accepted) to the service counter of the city hall of the municipality where the vaccinating facility is located.
You may also submit the 住所地外接種届 notification online via the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare's website (Japanese only)
Exemption from Notification Submission
You may not have to submit a notification if you fall under the following categories. Please check with the municipality where the vaccinating facility is located.
- Hospitalized/ residing at nursing facility
- Those with pre-existing illnesses, vaccinating with their doctor-in-charge
- Those with high risk of side effects and required to vaccinate at a well-equipped medical facility
- Those vaccinating via home visit from a medical facility outside their municipality
- Those displaced by natural disasters
Regarding the Vaccine
Why should I vaccinate?
The vaccine will strengthen your immunity and and provide some immunity against COVID-19 symptoms. It not only prevents symptoms or reduces their severity, but also limits the spread of infection within the community.
How many doses are there?
Two doses. The second dose has to be the same vaccine type as the first dose.
How much will vaccination cost?
It is free of charge.
What are the most common side effects among the elderly?
Like younger people, pain around the injected area is the most common side effect observed for the elderly.
For the Pfizer vaccine approved in Japan, the most common side effect has been pain around the injected area. In clinical trials conducted overseas, 70% of elderly experienced such symptoms. However, this is not something elderly should be particularly cautious of, and it is in fact believed that the occurance is lower than in younger people.
Other frequent side effects include lethargy, headaches, chills, muscle and joint pain. However, most of these subside within a few days, and none have been observed to occur more frequently among elderly.
Is the vaccine effective against mutant strains as well?
As a general theory, viruses constantly mutate by nature, but small mutations will not nullify the effectiveness of the vaccine.
Experimental results have shown that antibodies of both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are effective against the variants as well.
Regarding Eligible Recipients
What qualifies as “pre-existing illnesses”?
1) Those receiving treatment/hospitalization for the following conditions
- Chronic respiratory, heart (incl. high blood pressure), kidney or liver (cirrhosis etc.) diseases
- Blood diseases (excl. iron deficiency anemia)
- Diabetes (under insulin or other medication treatment/ with coexisting illnesses）
- Illnesses causing immunodeficiency (incl. cancers receiving treatment or palliative care)
- Treatments using steroids etc. that weaken immunity
- Neurological or neuromuscular diseases accompanied by immunological abnormalities
- Impaired bodily function due to neurological or neuromuscular diseases (respiratory disorders etc. )
- Chromosome abnormality
- Sleep apnea
- Severe mental or physical disabilities (multiple severe physical disabilities or severe intellectual disabilities)
2) Those overweight with a BMI of 30 and above
BMI= Weight (kg)÷Height(m)÷Height(m)
*Currently, declaring on the vaccination questionnaire is sufficient to qualify as having the above conditions. Certification is not needed.
How will such "pre-existing illnesses" be confirmed?
Based on the information filled by the recipient in the "pre-existing illnesses" (基礎疾患) section on the vaccination questionnaire, the attending physician will decide whether the recipient qualifies on the day of vaccination.
Can children vaccinate?
Based on Japan's vaccination laws, only those 12 years old and above on the day of vaccination are covered under publicly-funded vaccinations. Hence, those below 12 years old are not eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination.
Additionally, the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines have minimum ages of 12 years and 18 years respectively.
Do guardians need to submit a consent form for minors?
Guardian consent forms are not needed for anyone 16 years old and above. For 12-15 year olds receiving vaccination, guardians are required to sign the pre-vaccination questionnaire after reading the instructions issued.
Can I vaccinate if I am pregnant?
Both expectant and breastfeeding mothers can receive the COVID-19 vaccine. However, as data regarding safety is limited, those concerned should consult their regular physicians first.
Why are certain groups being prioritized for vaccination?
A sequence of priority is being followed in administering the vaccine due to the limited supply of vaccines which are expected to come in batches.
With minimizing deaths and serious cases as the goal of vaccination, the sequence has been decided based on the need to prioritize those at high risk of serious symptoms and the need to maintain the healthcare system.
Why are the elderly being prioritized?
Minimizing deaths and serious cases is the goal of vaccination.
It is recognized that old age is a major risk factor for serious symptoms and death from COVID-19. Hence, senior citizens aged 65 years old and above have been prioritized.
Regarding Vaccination Venue
I live in Komatsu City, but am registered under a different municipality based on my Certificate of Residence (juminhyo). Can I still vaccinate in Komatsu?
As a general rule, you should vaccinate at the municipality your Certificate of Residence is registered under. However, special cases such as those on long-term hospitalization or transferred to workplaces far from home may vaccinate in Komatsu City. Application may be necessary, check "Vaccinating Outside Registered Municipality" section above.
Can I vaccinate with my regular doctor outside Komatsu City?
Please check "Vaccinating Outside Registered Municipality" section above.
What venues are providing vaccination?
There will be 4 Mass Vaccination Sites (Daiichi Community Center, Komatsu Dome, Komatsu Civic Center & Aeon Mall Shinkomatsu *newly added from 21 Jul), and 35 medical facilities within the city (refer to the "List of Private Vaccination Venues" above).
Vaccination Period & Procedures
What is the priority sequence for vaccination?
The order of priority for vaccination has been standardized nationwide based on the availability of vaccines. Currently, the expected order is as follows:
(1) Healthcare staff
(2) Senior citizens (those turning 65 years old and above from 1 Apr 2021, born 1 Apr 1957 or earlier)
(3) Apart from (2), those with pre-existing illnesses or working at facilities for senior citizens
(3) Those 60~64 years old (concurrently with those with pre-existing illness, to the extent met by vaccine supply)
(5) All other citizens apart from (1)~(3)
*The national government is currently considering whether to give priority to expectant mothers, and whether children should be made eligible.
When can I vaccinate?
You will be able to vaccinate according to the order decided by the national government, as safe and effective vaccines are approved and vaccine supply comes in.
How can I receive vaccination if desired?
The general flow is as follows:
1. The vaccination coupon and COVID-19 Vaccine Notice will be mailed to you by the city hall. (*Senior citizens turning 65 years old and above from 1 Apr 2021 are expected to receive these in late Mar. All other citizens are expected to receive in mid-Apr)
2. Check which medical facilities or mass vaccination sites you can vaccinate at. Then book your desired vaccination date via the designated Vaccine Call Center or web booking site.
3. Be sure to bring your vaccination coupon, vaccine questionnaire and persional ID (residence card, health insurance card etc.) on the appointed day of vaccination.
How do I book an appointment?
Once you receive the coupon, your can either call the designated call center, or access the online booking site. (Varies according to vaccination site. Please check the "List of Private Vaccination Venues" above)
※ You will need the coupon no. printed on your vaccine coupon when booking.
Can I drive on the same day after vaccinating?
As long as you are in good condition after vaccinating, driving is generally not a problem.
However, it is important to avoid driving if you are unwell, and have extensive physical symptoms such as strong pain around the injected area, fever, lethargy, headaches or joint paint etc.
Can I soak in a bath on the same day after vaccinating?
There are no forseeable issues with soaking in the bath after vaccinating. Just be careful not to rub the injected area vigorously.
There is no research comparing the difference in acquired immunity or side effects between soaking a bath or not. However, it is believed that the probability of feeling unwell from soaking in a bath is low.
Is it possible to get infected with COVID-19 after vaccinating?
It is possible to get infected with COVID-19 even after vaccinating. Furthermore, it takes about 1-2 weeks for the heigtened immunity to take effect after vaccinating, and even this higher immunity is not a 100% guarantee against infection.
What should I do if I get a fever after vaccinating?
Fevers have been frequently observed 1-2 days after vaccinating, and in such cases you should take antipyretics (fever medication) as needed and monitor your condition.
Other symptoms frequently observed include headaches, lethargy, muscle aches, chills and joint aches etc. What can help differentiate post-vaccination fever from COVID-19 infection are the occurance of other symptoms such as cough, sore throat, lost of smell/taste etc.
If your fever persists for 2 or more days, or you have serious symptoms or the symptoms listed above that are unlikely to be caused by the vaccine, please consider getting a checkup or consultation at a medical facility.
Komatsu City Hall Vaccination Specialist Team (ワクチン接種専門チーム)
〒923-8650 91 Konmade-machi, Komatsu City
Tel：0761-24-8131（available weekdays 9AM~5PM）
電話番号: 0761-24-8039 ファクス:0761-23-6404