TOKYO (AFP) – Tokyo’s Tsukiji market, once the site of the world-famous dawn tuna auction, became the city’s latest mass vaccination site yesterday, with first responders lining up for their shots.
The main wholesale inner section of Tsukiji market, including the auction hall where massive bluefins sold for millions of dollars, was relocated to a new site in 2018.
Set to be a transport hub for the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympics, the market is now being used to ramp up Japan’s vaccination programme, which got off to a slow start but is beginning to pick up speed.
Just under 3.5 per cent of the population is fully vaccinated, with a little over 10 per cent having received their first dose.
Japan is administering the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. The AstraZeneca shot has also been approved but concerns about rare blood clots have so far stalled its use.