COVID-19 Vaccines

Return to COVID-19 Home

what you need to know about Vaccines

Call Center

■MHLW COVID-19 Vaccine Call Center(Every day including weekends and holidays)
・Domestic Calls:0120-761-770(Toll Free)
・From Overseas:(+81)50-3734-0348(Calls will be charged)
-English, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese and Spanish: 9:00-21:00(JST) / Thai: 9:00-18:00(JST) / Vietnamese: 10:00-19:00(JST)

■FRESC Help Desk (Monday-Friday 9:00-17:00)  PDF
・Domestic Calls:0120-76-2029(Toll Free)
-Vietnamese, Chinese, English, Korean, Spanish, Portuguese, Nepali, Thai, Indonesian, Filipino, Myanmar, Khmer(Cambodian), Mongolian, French, Sinhala, Urdu, Bengali


How to get vaccines

Receive a "Vaccination voucher" and a "COVID-19 vaccine notification"

You will receive a "Vaccination voucher” and a “COVID-19 vaccine notification" from the municipalities.
※The costs of vaccination is free for all Japanese citizens and all eligible foreign residents in Japan.

(Image: sample of vaccination voucher)

Find available vaccination sites

You may find a medical institution or vaccination site for your COVID-19 vaccine from municipal website, newsletters and "Vaccine Navi" web in Japanese, Yasashii-Nihongo, English and Chinese.

Make a reservation by phone or online

You will be able to make a reservation for your first vaccination dose by phone or online. “Vaccine Navi” web will help you to find the phone number and the online reservation sites. Please check the availability before making a reservation.

Booster Shots (3rd Dose)

Guide for who and how to receive the booster shots


At the vaccination site

Please show your vaccination voucher (without detaching any sticker), and your ID (residence card, driver's license, or health insurance card etc.) at the reception. As you will have the injection to your shoulder muscle, please wear a T-shirt or other clothes that you can show your shoulder easily.

Consent to vaccination

Although we encourage all citizens to receive the COVID-19 vaccination, it is not compulsory or mandatory. Vaccination will be given only with the consent of the person to be vaccinated after the information provided. Please get vaccinated of your own decision, understanding both the effectiveness in preventing infectious diseases and the risk of side effects. No vaccination will be given without consent. Please do not force anyone in your workplace or those who around you to be vaccinated, and do not discriminate against those who have not been vaccinated.

Human Rights Counseling in foreign languages


Available Vaccines

-Pfizer Inc. (approved for people aged 12 years and older) ※Learn more
Vaccine name: Comirnaty
Pharmaceutical approval: February 14, 2021
Vaccine type: mRNA vaccine

-Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited / Moderrna Inc. ※Learn more
Vaccine name: Spikevax Intramuscular Injection (previously COVID-19 vaccine Moderna Intramuscular Injection)
Pharmaceutical approval: May 21, 2021
Vaccine type: mRNA vaccine

-Pfizer Inc. (approved for children aged 5 to 11 years old) ※Learn more
Vaccine name: Comirnaty for 5 to 11 years old
Pharmaceutical approval: January 21, 2022
Vaccine type: mRNA vaccine

-Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited (Novavax Inc) ※Learn more (Japanese only)
Vaccine name: Nuvaxovid
Pharmaceutical approval: April 19, 2022
Vaccine type: recombinant protein vaccine

Click here for COVID-19 vaccination instruction of Pfizer, Moderna and Takeda in other languages


Side Effects after vaccination

side effects of vaccination

Rare Side Effects

Myocarditis and Pericarditis after mRNA vaccine

Although extremely rare, mild cases of myocarditis and pericarditis have been reported after vaccination. If you experience symptoms such as chest pain, palpitations, shortness of breath, or swelling within a few days after vaccination, please visit a medical institution immediately.

This is more common after the second vaccination than the first vaccination, and tends to be more common among younger people, especially men in their teens and 20’s. These symptoms have been reported more frequently in those who had received the Takeda/Moderna vaccine than the Pfizer vaccine in male adolescents and young adults. So, if you are a male in your teens or 20’s and have already reserved a Takeda/Moderna vaccine shot, you can still cancel and rebook a Pfizer vaccine.


Vaccination certificate

How to issue the paper and digital certificate