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COVID vaccines

Japan limits 4th COVID jab to elderly, those with medical conditions

Availability of shots for others still pending

Members of a Japanese health ministry panel meet in Tokyo on April 27 to discuss a plan to administer a fourth round of COVID-19 vaccine shots.   © Kyodo

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- A Japanese health ministry panel approved on Wednesday a plan to initially administer a fourth COVID-19 vaccine shot only to the elderly and people with underlying medical conditions.

The fourth shots of Moderna and Pfizer vaccines will be available five months after a person received their third shot, according to the plan.

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