February 20th – In order to encourage the public to actively vaccinate against the novel coronavirus and boost the local economy, Miyomachi, Saitama Prefecture, Japan, recently decided to issue a shopping voucher of 1,000 yen to the inoculated person for each COVID-19 vaccine, which can be used locally in Miyamachi.
According to Japan’s Yomiuri Shimbun on the 20th, this kind of shopping coupon is called “Miyayotomachi Local Commodity Voucher”, which is issued by the local Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
The specific distribution method will be decided later. Miyashiro said: “Even if there is one more person, I hope more people will be vaccinated, so such an initiative has been implemented.” It is reported that 30,000 people over the age of 16 in the county are vaccinated.
Japanese media previously reported that Japan launched a coronavirus vaccination program on the 17th, and began to vaccinate medical staff on the coronavirus vaccine developed by Pfizer in cooperation with German Biotech Company on the same day. It is expected that the first batch of 40,000 medical staff will be vaccinated.
The government hopes to vaccinate about 3.7 million other medical staff in March, and then vaccinated the elderly and those with basic diseases in turn. In Japan, in principle, people over the age of 16 can get free and voluntary vaccination against the novel coronavirus.