2021.9. 3Current Students

Information on COVID-19 vaccinations

Information on COVID-19 Vaccinations

In Japan, approximately 830,000 people have been diagnosed with COVID-19, and over 15,000 people have died because of it as of July 15th, 2021. There have been reports of young people with no pre-existing conditions having their symptoms worsen and even dying because of COVID-19. There are many long-term risks associated with COVID-19. For example, approximately 20% of people who get infected with COVID-19 still suffered from tiredness and fatigue six months after they first started presenting symptoms, and approximately 10% suffered from a reduced sense of taste, headaches, difficulty thinking and concentrating, and/or hair loss.

Based on clinical trials, the vaccine demonstrated a 95% efficacy rate at preventing COVID-19, and it is expected that it will be effective at preventing symptoms from worsening as well.

Getting vaccinated is important, not only to protect your own health, but also to increase the vaccination rate in order to achieve "herd immunity" so we can return to normalcy. Getting vaccinated not only reduces the burden placed on medical facilities, but it also protects the health of your nearby friends and precious family members.

Regarding the campus, getting vaccinated makes us easier to continuing face-to-face classes and allowing you to freely go about your university-related activities and have a safe, peaceful university experience without any worries.

Regarding possible side effects of the vaccine, pain in the area they were vaccinated, tiredness, and/or headaches were observed in over 50% of recipients, and muscle and joint pains, chills, diarrhea, and/or fevers were observed in over 10% of patients. The majority of these symptoms disappeared after a few days, but rare cases of anaphylaxis (an acute allergic reaction) have also been observed.

Deciding whether to get vaccinated or not is a personal choice. It is by no means compulsory, so please inform yourself about the benefits and side effects of the vaccine and discuss it with your family before deciding whether or not to get vaccinated.

*Data from the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare

How to Get Vaccinated

There are two ways to get vaccinated for international students of KUT.

1. Get vaccinated by university arrangement (location: Kochi University Oko Campus)

2. Take advantage of a group/individual vaccination clinic provided by a municipality like Kami city or Kochi city

If you choose to get vaccinated, when you get vaccinated as well as which vaccine you receive will vary depending on which of the two above options you pick.

Furthermore, if you receive the Pfizer vaccine, you will need to wait three weeks to get a second dose, and if you receive the Moderna vaccine, you will need to wait four weeks to get a second dose. The two doses will come as a set, and you will need to receive them following the same steps. With this in mind, determine which option is best for you based on your own judgment if you are getting vaccinated.

1. Getting vaccinated by university arrangement (Location: Kochi University Oko Campus)

Utilize the university arranged vaccination that Kochi University is hosting to get vaccinated at Oko Campus. KUT provides bus transportation from both campuses of KUT. You will receive a web portal notification walking you through the application process at a later date.

*It is possible to get vaccinated without a "vaccine card," but the vaccine card the city will send you will be collected at a later date.

*If you are international student, IRC staff will escort you on specified schedule. Please check the email titled "【Important】 Reservation for getting vaccinated by university arrangement ", which has already been sent by IRC.

■Vaccination schedule(As of September 1)

※The two doses will come as a set, and you will need to receive the second dose at exactly 4 weeks later, same day and around the same time. (ex. If you receive a first dose on October 4, you receive a second dose on November 1 around the same time.)

※You cannot get vaccinated from a municipality for the first dose and second dose from the university arrangement, and vice versa. You must get vaccinated two doses as a set unless you feel sick on your reserved dates.

※If you have completed second vaccination, you cannot get vaccinated by university arrangement.

※Sufficient immunity of the vaccine manufactured by Takeda/Moderna is confirmed 14 days after the second dose.

First dose

Second dose

October 4, Monday

November 1, Monday

October 5, Tuesday

November 2, Tuesday

October 8, Monday

November 5, Friday

October 11, Monday

November 8, Monday

October 12, Tuesday

November 9, Tuesday

October 13, Wednesday

November 10, Wednesday

※The schedule is subject to change due to the situation of vaccine supply.

※Starting time of the vaccinations is being adjusted as after 2 pm.

※Absent notice will be accepted if the reason is because of vaccination or side effects of the vaccine

※If you return from one of the outbreak areas, please come back to Kochi before 14 days from the vaccine appointment.

■Vaccine type: Moderna

2021.6.28 Information on COVID-19 vaccinations for members of our university

■Notes for those who get vaccinated by university arrangement (location: Kochi University Oko Campus)

(1) Preparation for your vaccinations *Only in Japanese

(2) Q&A *Only in Japanese

(3) Information for people who receive a vaccine manufactured by Takeda/Moderna *Only in Japanese

(4) Those who taking blood-thinning medicine *Only in Japanese

(5) Instructions for COVID-19 vaccination Manufactured by Moderna in English

*Vaccination instructions of Moderna translated into multiple languages

(6) Prevaccination Screening Questionnaire for COVID-19 vaccine

※Prevaccination Screening Questionnaire with you name printed on it will be handed over on the day.

(7) Maps of the vaccination site, Kochi University Oko Campus and the meeting place

*Only in Japanese

(8) Points to not after get vaccinated (Takeda/Moderna) *Only in Japanese


COVID-19 Vaccine(Ministry of Health web site)


Ongoing Topics Novel Coronavirus Vaccines


What You Need to Know about COVID-19 Vaccines


2. Taking advantage of a group/individual vaccination clinic provided by a municipality where you are registered like Kami city or Kochi city

Please reference the below information.

■Kami citizens


※Young people like 20's may receive the two doses in October and November.

Currently, Kami city is not taking an application of vaccination for these young people. IRC will announce if there is an update from Kami city. Meanwhile, if you receive any notifications regarding to vaccinations from Kami city hereafter, please contact IRC.

■Kochi citizens

※Kochi city will send a "vaccine card" via post which will be needed to make an appointment online to get vaccinated in accordance with the schedule below.

The schedule of sending "vaccine card".


Related Sites

Information of COVID-19 vaccination translated into multiple languages is accessible from the website of Ministry of Health Labour and Welfare.

Please visit the link below.