A Shortage of Doctors and Nurses Have Caused Low Vaccine Rollout in Japan: Sayuri Shirai

“A shortage of doctors and nurses in Japan’s aging population contributed to the country’s sluggish Covid vaccine rollout,” says Keio University professor Sayuri Shirai.

According to the data that had been collected only 18.3% of the entire population of Japan had actually received the first dose of the vaccine. That is way too low considering the numbers of the other countries like USA and UK. This had been due to the fact that there are apparently not enough doctors and nurses in Japan who will be administering the vaccine.

A Shortage of Doctors and Nurses Have Caused Low Vaccine Rollout in Japan Sayuri Shirai

“In an aging society, it’s very difficult to find doctors and nurses. And local government, they don’t have enough people to administer [the vaccines]. So that delayed this vaccination,” Shirai told CNBC’s “Street Signs Asia” on Wednesday.

It is a fact that Japan currently has the most old-age dependency ratio out of all the countries in the world. This definitely creates the problem of shortage of young and adult people who are actually in the field of medicine and out of that even a lesser number of people are qualified for the act of giving this vaccine shot.

So Even though the vaccines are available, there are not enough hands for the administration process. Working throughout the day or week isn’t going to solve this problem either. Countries with low birth rates and high old-age dependency populations are all facing similar problems.

However, Japan is taking steps to make sure that most people are vaccinated before the Olympics. They will be relaxing some medical rules to allow more hands to be administering the vaccine. This might be a lot of help.