How to Get a COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment in Japan

COVID-19 vaccines being administered in Japan.

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Have you received your vaccine yet? As of now, only approximately 28% of the Japanese population has done so. To help get things back to normal, it is important that you book your COVID-19 vaccine appointment as soon as possible. Here’s how to do it:

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  1. Find a Doc vs. Vaccine Navi
  2. Using Find a Doc
  3. Using Vaccine Navi

Find a Doc vs. Vaccine Navi

Find a Doc is a community-driven database. While Find a Doc is not 100% accurate, it is the fastest method to find a nearby clinic. On the other hand, Vaccine Navi is run by the Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare. Therefore, it is more official but takes more time. Choose the method that best fits your needs.

Using Find a Doc

Go to the Find a Doc website. Find a nearby clinic within your area.

There, you can check if vouchers and ward residency are required or not. It will also direct you to the location’s website for further information. Be aware that this site runs on community submissions, so it is not 100% accurate.

Using Find a Doc to book COVID-19 Corona vaccine appointment.

Using the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare’s Site

For an official source, go to the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare’s Corona Vaccine Navi website.

STEP ONE

First, click the button that says ‘接種会場を探す’ or ‘Search Vaccination Venue’.

Step one of using the Corona Vaccine Navi website to find and book an appointment.

STEP TWO

Select the prefecture that you are living in. If you cannot read Japanese letters, right-click the page and select ‘Translate to English’. You can do this for any of the following pages.

STEP THREE

Select the city that you are living in.

STEP FOUR

Next, you will be brought to a page that shows all vaccination locations in your city/area. In order to narrow down the list, enter restrictions regarding location/zip code, preferred vaccine brand, etc.

Step four of using the Corona Vaccine Navi website to find and book an appointment. Narrowing down choices.

STEP FIVE

They will provide a list of vaccination venues that best fit the criteria you entered.

Most will contain a hyperlink that will lead you to the establishment’s website. However, if they do not contain one, simply copy and paste the name and address into Google and search for it yourself.

Step five of using the Corona Vaccine Navi website to find and book an appointment. Hyperlinks.

If there is a green circle next to it, they are open for reservations, and if there is a triangle, they are slightly available. Moreover, diamonds indicate that no reservation is required, dashes indicate that they are not ready for reservation, and X’s indicate that they are not available.

STEP SIX

Finally, look to see if the venue allows direct bookings, if you can book through their website, or if you can book over the phone. Follow whatever steps their website tells you, and be sure to use Google’s translate option if you need it.

Good luck with booking your COVID-19 vaccine appointment. We hope it goes smoothly!

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