【English】COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Information
Information Regarding the Distribution of the COVID-19 Vaccine
What is the COVID-19 vaccine?The vaccine is effective in preventing the onset of symptoms and the risk of developing serious symptoms when exposed to COVID-19. After vaccination, the following side effects may occur, but they will subside in a few days: fever, headache, fatigue, muscle pain, chills, and joint pain. If the side effects do not subside, please consult your doctor.
Can I get the vaccine in Japan even if I don't have Japanese nationality?
People of non-Japanese nationality who live in Japan and have a certificate of residence (jūminhyō 住民票) are eligible for the vaccine. If you are not sure whether you are eligible for the vaccine, please consult your local municipal office.
When can I get the vaccination?
Currently, municipalities are making preparations for vaccination. Your municipality will inform you of the exact timing. Please refer to the informational letters or leaflets you receive from the municipality or check their website.
Where can I get vaccinated?
Your local municipality will inform you where you can get vaccinated and how to make an reservation.
You can get vaccinated at venues set up by the municipality or at hospitals. Please refer to the informational letters or leaflets you receive from the municipality or check their website.
Do I have to pay for the vaccination?
The vaccination is free of charge. You will receive a coupon from your municipality, which you will take with you to the vaccination site.
How many times do I need to be vaccinated?
Currently, the vaccines approved for used in Japan require two doses. The second dose will be administered three weeks after the first dose. I have a chronic disease and I am taking medication; can I still be vaccinated? If you are currently undergoing outpatient care for a medical condition, or have been diagnosed as immunocompromised, or have had allergic reactions to vaccinations in the past, please consult your doctor before receiving the vaccine.
For inquiries regarding the COVID-19 vaccine
| What you want to ask|| Where to ask|| Contact information|
| Where can I get vaccinated?|
When can I get vaccinated?
When will I receive my voucher?
| Your municipal office|| https://kumamoto-wakuchin.jp/callcenter/（External link）|
| About adverse reactions to vaccines (e.g., I have a fever that won't go away after vaccination)|| Kumamoto Prefecture Vaccine Specialist Consultation Service||Multilingual Call Center|
8：30a.m.– 5:30 p.m.
| Opinions on who can be vaccinated, the order of vaccination, and policies || Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare Vaccine Call Center|| 0120-761-770 （Japanese）|
9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
* During these hours English, Chinese, Korean, Spanish and Portuguese language support is available.
Thai is available from 9am – 6pm
Vietnamese is available from 10am – 7pm
If you don't know where to ask, or if you need help in a language other than Japanese, please contact the Kumamoto Support Center for Foreign Residents.
Tel: 080-4275-4489 (Weekdays, 8:30 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.)