Walk-in vaccination site in Tokyo continues to see surge of people hoping to get shots
Written by tokyoclub on August 30, 2021
Thousands of people swarmed a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination site newly set up in central Tokyo for young people on Saturday morning, hoping to get tickets for about 300 shots offered for the day.
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government conducted a vaccine lottery after disarray on the first day of the program Friday when a line began to form from early morning and people snapped up some 200 vaccination slots provided on a first-come, first-served basis well before registration was scheduled to start.
The vaccination site near Shibuya Station, set up in the wake of the coronavirus resurgence in the capital, was to distribute lottery tickets from 9 a.m., but the metropolitan government started the distribution about 40 minutes ahead of schedule due to the growing line, which eventually stretched around 1 kilometer, according to Tokyo officials.
Of the 2,226 people who waited in line, 354 people won vaccination tickets, according to the metropolitan government.