|A health care worker gets a second shot of the coronavirus vaccine at Tokyo National Hospital in Kiyose on March 10. (Photo by=KYODO)|
[Asia News Communication = Reporter Reakkana] A hospital worker in central Japan who has received two vaccine shots was confirmed Sunday as infected with the novel coronavirus, while the country reported 2,777 daily cases with Tokyo and Osaka Prefecture continuing to see a rebound in infections, Kyodo reported.
Local authorities revealed that the temporary staffer at a hospital in Ishikawa Prefecture had received doses of the vaccine developed by Pfizer Inc. on March 13 and April 3. The person has not shown any symptoms yet, they said. "In general, it takes time before antibodies are produced following vaccination," a prefectural government official said. The worker took a test after coming into contact with an infected person. According to the hospital, the person doesn’t deal with patients.
Meanwhile, Japan started vaccinations for health care workers in February. The U.S. pharmaceutical company's vaccine is administered twice, three weeks apart. Also Sunday, Tokyo reported an additional 421 coronavirus cases, a day before the metropolitan government imposes stricter measures to prevent the spread of the virus. The quasi-emergency measures were introduced on April 5 in Osaka, Hyogo, and Miyagi prefectures. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga decided Friday to add Tokyo, Kyoto, and Okinawa to the list of areas covered.