Japan has extended its financial support for the COVID-19 vaccinations until the end of November 2021. The aid applies to clinics and hospitals with an increased number of vaccinations and those that have special programs. Small to medium-sized businesses also benefit from this assistance. The country’s 1,741 municipalities and Tokyo’s 23 wards are aiming to finish the vaccination of the elderly aged 65 and above by the end of July. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga targets to use the extension to complete the shots for the workers and younger generation by October or November.

Financial aid for businesses can reach up to ¥1000 per shot to set up vaccination venues. The Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry is assisting small to medium-sized businesses to look for doctors that can conduct vaccinations to their employees. Meanwhile, larger companies have their own initiatives. University and vocational schools are also welcome to the financial assistance if they organize local vaccination programs.