Tokyo plans online lottery scheme for walk-in youth vaccination site

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The Tokyo Metropolitan Government said on Monday it was considering setting up an online lottery system at a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination site for young people in the capital. The announcement came after thousands of people invaded the site during its first days of operation.

Concerns are growing that the crowds forming around the vaccination site near JR Shibuya Station – where people line up to get tickets for a limited number of vaccines offered each day – could create a high environment. risk of spreading the virus.

Details on an online lottery system will be announced after they are finalized, with the current system for distributing lottery tickets from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. remaining for now, the metropolitan government said.

The site, set up following the resurgence of the coronavirus in the capital, aims to vaccinate people aged 16 to 39 who reside or commute to Tokyo – a consequence of the faster spread within this tranche. of age.

The metropolitan government switched to a lottery system after struggling on the first day of the program on Friday, when a line started forming early in the morning, people grabbing the first 200 immunization slots provided on the principle of first come, first served. – well before the scheduled start of registration.

The vaccination site had planned to hand out lottery tickets starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, but started about 40 minutes earlier than expected due to the queue that eventually stretched for about 1 mile, according to Tokyo officials.

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