What you need to know about receiving a COVID-19 vaccination（Booster shots）
The booster shots for COVID-19 have begun. Those 18 years and older who received their 2nd shot 6 to 8 months ago are eligible. Just as before, this shot is not mandatory, but encouraged. Be sure to learn the benefits and side effects before choosing to get vaccinated.
Foreign residents who have registered their address at their local city office in Japan* are eligible to get vaccinated free of charge.
Those that received their first two shots overseas are also eligible. For details, please check the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare’s website.
*Foreign residents who have special circumstances (such as being on provisional release or living way from home due to domestic violence) and cannot receive the coupon directly, can consult about their vaccination at any local consultation center for foreigners.
The procedure for receiving the vaccination coupon varies from city to city. Please click here for vaccination information in your city.
Depending on the municipality the paperwork sent can differ. Furthermore, the forms (vaccine coupon or health questionnaire) could be different from the ones used for your first two shots.
<Sample of notification about vaccine from Osaka City>
<Sample of vaccine coupon that includes health questionnaire from Minoh City> *The forms could be separate.
Please don’t discard mail from your local municipality and be sure to check the contents.
Notification Receive the documentation
You will receive your Vaccination coupon, a notice for COVID-19 vaccination and pre-vaccination screening questionnaires sent from your city office before the vaccination becomes available in your area.
Booster shots will be offered in an order decided by age and date of 2nd shot.
Vaccinations are planned to be carried out until September 30th 2022.
<Sample of a coupon from Minoh City>
*Please note the vaccination coupon is valid only for its legal coupon holder. It is strictly prohibited to transfer the coupon to a third party, to allow a third party to use the coupon, to attempt such actions, or to use it for other purposes than vaccination.
*A certification of vaccination for COVID-19 attached to the vaccination coupon can be used to verify that you have completed the COVID-19 vaccination process.
Reservation Make a reservation
1) Search for available medical institutions and vaccination sites
After you get your notification, please search for a medical institution or a group vaccination site available to receive your vaccination.
Please check the status of reservations at the vaccination site, as well as which brands of vaccines are offered, and then choose a medical institution or site you wish to get vaccinated at.
The booster shot used will not depend on the first two vaccinations you received. The mRNA vaccines (Pfizer/Moderna) are deemed as suitable for use as boosters.
2) Make a reservation by phone or online
Check the notice sent from your city office, your city's webpage, or the defense ministry for reservation schedules.
If you wish to make a reservation at your city’s group vaccination site, please have your vaccination coupon on you when you contact your city’s COVID-19 call center or when you access its online reservation page.
The Osaka Large-scale Vaccination Center sponsored by Self-Defense Forces of the Defense Ministry, Osaka Prefectural mass vaccination center, designated clinics and group vaccination sites administered by your city are places where you can receive your vaccination.
Reservations are only accepted online or by phone (please avoid double-booking).
To make a reservation at a local clinic, contact them directly.
Osaka prefecture is also opening 6 locations as mass vaccination sites within the prefecture.
- For municipal group vaccination sites, please check here.
For the state-run large-scale vaccination center in Osaka, please check here
- Osaka Prefectural mass vaccination center
- You can also search for vaccination sites nearby with the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare’s site, “Corona Navi.”
The COVID-19 vaccination is not recommended for people with certain health or medical conditions. It is advisable to talk with your doctor before you get vaccinated.
Vaccination Receive your vaccination at your reserved site
Present your vaccination coupon and pre-vaccination screening questionnaire* mailed from your city office and your ID (Resident card, My Number card, driver's license, health insurance card, etc.) at the reception. Do not tear the vaccination coupon. Bring the entire sheet as is to the vaccination site. A medical professional will ask about your health before the vaccination. The vaccine is administered in the muscle of your upper arm so clothing with easy access to the upper arm, such as a T-shirt, is advisable. The vaccination is free of charge.
*Fill out the pre-vaccination screening questionnaire before your vaccination.
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You may have some side effects after the vaccination, including pain in the arm where you had your injection, fever, and fatigue. Severe reactions that require immediate medical attention occur rarely after vaccination but may happen. Medical help is prepared at each vaccination site in case of serious allergic reactions such as anaphylactic shock.
For more information about side effects, please check here.
Other things to keep in mind To those who have not received their first or second shot
Generally, all 12 years and older＊ registered residents in Japan are eligible for the first two shots of the COVID-19 vaccine. (Regardless of nationality.)
There are merits to getting vaccinated even if you have been infected with COVID-19 before.
＊Currently all those 12 years and older are eligible, however those over 5 years of age are also scheduled to be eligible in the future.
This change is expected to take place around March. If the change takes place, there will be guidance about vaccinations for those 5 to 11 years, so please be sure to check things sent by your local municipality.
The period for distribution of the vaccine is currently ongoing and will end on September 30th 2022.
During this period, it is possible to receive the first doses of the vaccine.
Those that have lost their vaccination coupon, please inquire at your local municipality.
If they are unable to respond in your native language, please consult with the Osaka Information Service for Foreign Residents.
Multilingual information center about COVID-19 vaccination
Multilingual COVID-19 telephone consultation services
offered by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare
Toll free number: 0120-761770
Languages: English, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai, Vietnamese
Hours: (including weekends and national holidays)
・9:00-21:00 English, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish
Hours: Mon/Fri 9:00-20:00
Second/fourth Sunday of the month 13:00-17:00
Languages: English, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai, Filipino, Vietnamese, Indonesian, and Nepali
You can look up the local consultation locations for each municipality in Osaka prefecture from the site linked below.