更新日:2022年04月18日

1st & 2nd Vaccine Shots

◆Information below is accurate as of 7 Feb 2022.

This page concerns the 1st & 2nd shots. Refer here for info on the 3rd (booster) shot.

Japan is administrating the COVID-19 vaccination nationally, 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.

Appointments up until 24 Apr (Sun) are currently available.

※Availability differs between vaccine types due to varying supply

Vaccine Details

Vaccination will be offered until 30 Sept.

Vaccination Fee

Free of charge (fully publicly funded)

Number of Doses

In order to maximize vaccine efficacy, each person requires 2 doses.

A 3rd dose (booster) is also being supplied (refer here).

※Interval between 1st and 2nd doses is 3~4 weeks depending on vaccine type.
※The first and second shot must be from the same vaccine manufacturer.

Vaccine Types

Japan has agreements to receive vaccines from the following manufacturers. The vaccine currently in use in Komatsu is the Pfizer vaccine.

Vaccine Specifications

Manufacturer

Vaccine Type

No. of doses

Dose Interval

Pfizer

mRNA vaccine

2 times

3 weeks (21 days)

AstraZeneca

viral vector vaccine

2 times

4 weeks (28 days)

Moderna

mRNA vaccine

2 times

4 weeks (28 days)

Important Points to Note

Vaccination for 12-15 year olds

  • Accompaniment by a guardian is required for 12-15 year olds, in order to ensure safety. Vaccination cannot be administered in the absence of a guardian. *if the guardian is unable to be present, someone else familiar with the child's health condition (a grandparent etc.) can take the guardian's place upon their request
  • The guardian is required to sign their name in the "COVID-19 Vaccination Request Form" box of the pre-vaccination questionnaire. Without a guardian's signature, vaccination cannot be administered as well.

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.

If receiving other vaccines

If you are receiving other vaccines, please be sure to space them at least 13 days before or after your COVID-19 vaccine.

Vaccination Process

 

1A coupon for free vaccination will be mailed to your home from the city hall.

2Book 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

                               ・Pre-vaccination questionnaire
                               ・ID (My Number Card, driver’s license, health insurance card etc.)

                                ・Medicine handbook (for those on medication)

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Pre-vaccination Questionnaire

(*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)

Pre-vaccination Questionnaire

Vaccination Venues

1st_2nd Dose Venue List

1st_2nd Dose Venue List 2

Appointment Booking

Regarding 1st and 2nd Vaccine Bookings

・In order to ensure you can get both doses, the 2nd dose will be fixed on the same day of the week 3 weeks later, at the same time and venue. ※Make sure you are free on that date and time for your 2nd appointment when deciding your 1st appointment.

・If you have to cancel only your 2nd dose due to unavoidable circumstances, be sure to book another appointment.

 

Web Booking

Available 24h

COVID-19 Vaccine Booking System (Japanese Only)

Note

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

Tel: 0761-24-8123

Hours: 9AM~5PM (including weekends & public holidays)

※Be careful not to dial the wrong number

Waiting List (currently unavailable)

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.

Conditions

  • 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

Online

Access the online application form here (Japanese only)

Contact Foreigner Support Desk if you need help with using the site: 0761-24-8231

Phone

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

  1. You will be registered on the waiting list the day after applying
  2. The call center will contact those registered on the list by first-come-first-serve basis, when there is a appointment cancellation
  3. If you receive the call, come to the designated venue within the time requested.

Vaccine Effectiveness & Side Effects

Effectiveness

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.

Side Effects

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)

SideEffects

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):

Notification for Vaccinating Outside Regsitered Residence 住所地外接種届 (Jushochigai Sesshutodoke)(Wordファイル:18.8KB)

By Post

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.

Online

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

Vaccination Certificate (Vaccine Passport)

COVID-19 vaccination certificates can be issued for those travelling overseas.

Who Is Eligible?

Those who fulfil both of the following conditions:

1.Existing plans to travel overseas.

2.Received COVID-19 vaccine while registered as a resident of Komatsu City.

Required Documents

1.Application form

(can be obtained at service desk in Sukoyaka Center, or downloaded here:

Application form for COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate(PDFファイル:51.1KB))

2.Copy of valid passport (page showing passport number)

3.Copy of “Certificate of Vaccination for COVID-19” 予防接種済証 or “Record of Vaccination for COVID-19” 接種記録書 received upon vaccination.

4.Document reflecting your vaccine coupon number (e.g “pre-vaccination screening only” 予診のみ section leftover from vaccine coupon)

5.If applying via post, a return envelope (please include your address and name as well as the postage fee of 84 yen).

Where to Apply?

1. At service counter:

Health Division inside Sukoyaka Center.

He-14-4 Mukaimotoori-machi, Komatsu City, 923-0961

Mon-Fri, 8am – 5pm (excl. public holidays)

OR

2. Via Post

Address above documents to:

He-14-4 Mukaimotoori-machi, Komatsu City, 923-0961

Past City Vaccine Reports

1st Report (4 Feb 2021)(PDFファイル:752.9KB)

2nd Report (22 Feb 2021)(PDFファイル:681KB)

3rd Report (29 Mar 2021)(PDFファイル:1.1MB)

4th Report (26 Apr 2021)(PDFファイル:665.4KB)

5th Report (26 May 2021)(PDFファイル:590.3KB)

6th Report (25 June 2021)(PDFファイル:771.4KB)

Related Links

Vaccine Info from Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare

Komatsu City COVID-19 Information

FAQ

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?

3 doses. The first and second doses should be booked together. The 3rd dose will be offered from 8 months after the second 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

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.

12-15 year olds need to be accompanied by a guardian when vaccinating.

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, and accompany their child during vaccination.

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?

Please refer to "Vaccination Venues" above.

Vaccination Period & Procedures

How can I receive vaccination if desired?

The general flow is as follows:

1. The vaccination coupon and COVID-19 Vaccine Notice should have been mailed to you by the city hall.

2. Check which medical facilities 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 "Vaccination Venues" above)

※ You will need the coupon no. printed on your vaccine coupon when booking.

 

Regarding Post-vaccination

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.

For Enquiries

Komatsu City Hall  Vaccination Specialist Team (ワクチン接種専門チーム)

923-8650 91 Konmade-machi, Komatsu City

Mailrecommended):vaccine@city.komatsu.lg.jp

Tel:0761-24-8131(available weekdays 9AM~5PM)

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