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COVID vaccines

Japan weighs recommending annual COVID shots for most

Once-a-year boosters would be given ahead of year-end holidays

COVID-19 boosters in Japan would be offered once a year under proposed guidelines. (Photo by Kosuke Imamura)

TOKYO -- COVID-19 vaccines should be taken once a year in the fall and early winter to fight infection during the holidays, according to proposed changes to Japan's policy for dealing with the disease.

A Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare advisory panel concluded on Wednesday that annual vaccines would be appropriate for most people.

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