Nearly 18,000 members of the Tokyo Olympics organization, including referees and volunteers, will be vaccinated starting next week. Organizers made the announcement on Friday, to bolster confidence as the event approaches.
With six weeks before the start of the Tokyo Games, scheduled to take place from 23 July to 8 August, the vaccination will include people with “close and frequent interaction with athletes”, announced the chairman of the organizing committee, Seiko Hashimoto.
In Japan, authorities still have to deal with the pressure of the anti-Games movement and the fear of increased contagion during the event, while the immunization program progresses slowly: only 4% of the population is fully vaccinated in the country.
Among those vaccinated will be referees, employees of the Olympic Village, airport employees, people who will work in the anti-doping tests and members of the national Olympic and Paralympic committees.
A part of the 70,000 volunteers will also participate in the campaign, which will start on June 18 and will have the second doses applied before the start of the event, if they have close contact with the athletes.
The organizers are trying to convince Japanese public opinion about the effectiveness of the measures that will be taken to guarantee the safety of the participants and the population.
Fans from abroad were vetoed and authorities are expected to decide in the coming weeks on the presence of spectators living in Japan at the competition venues.
Several regions of the country, including Tokyo, are in a state of health emergency, which is expected to end on June 20, while contagions are falling.
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