Fukui Prefecture, Practical Training Before Vaccination of General Public
From the week of April 12th, COVID-19 vaccinations will commence for the general public, starting with the elderly. Leading up to that week, Fukui Prefecture hosted a practical training workshop for registered and practical nurses within the Reihoku region, held at the Fukui Nursing Association assembly hall on March 21st, in cooperation with the Fukui Medical Association and the Fukui Nursing Association. The workshop went over important points regarding vaccinations, such as the uncommonly used method of intramuscular injection, and potential side effects to look out for post-inoculation.
Vaccinations are currently being administered among health care providers within Fukui Prefecture. From the week of April 12th, across all 17 municipalities within the prefecture, vaccinations will begin for those residing within elderly care facilities and its staff. Practical training workshops will be held within the Reihoku and Reinan areas. Workshops were held three times through the morning and afternoon in the Reihoku venue, with approximately 500 participants from roughly 270 medical institutions, who will be involved in administering the COVID-19 vaccinations.
The participants were divided into groups, and learned through various videos, such as on the process of defrosting the vaccine and diluting it with saline, and information on side effects. Following the videos were some hands-on training exercises, including to practice careful handling of the vaccine, as to not produce bubbles when it is being diluted. The participants were also given advice with the aid of a model arm, to “keep the syringe vertical, and not to massage the arm after inoculation”, during the intramuscular injection training session.
A female head nurse (aged 47) employed within Fukui City commented, “There is also normally much anxiety when it comes to hypodermic injections, so it was good to learn about the important points regarding intramuscular injection.”
The Reinan region practical training workshop will be held on March 28th, at the Tsuruga City General Welfare Center, with approximately 160 participants expected to attend.
Nine Sites Measure the Year’s Record High
On April 30th, a high-pressure system was cast over Fukui Prefecture, causing the temperature to rise. Up until 3:00 p.m., with temperature highs at 26.8⁰C in Obama City, and 26.0⁰C in Tsuruga City, six observation sites recorded temperatures above 25.0⁰C.
Up to 3:00 p.m. on April 30th, excluding Sakai City-Mikuni, nine observations sites within the prefecture saw its record high for the current year. After Obama and Tsuruga, other sites that saw summer-like temperatures were Fukui City at 25.6⁰C, Katsuyama City at 25.0⁰C, Ono City at 25.5⁰C, and Minamiechizen Town-Imajo at 25.6⁰C. Sakai City-Harue was at 23.7⁰C, Fukui City-Koshino was at 22.9⁰C, Mihama Town was at 23.1⁰C, and Sakai City-Mikuni was at 21.8⁰C, with each site becoming as warm as it would be during late May or early June.
According to the Fukui Local Meteorological Office (on April 30th, 11:00 a.m.), the forecast for May 1st is clear weather with clouds in the morning and evening for the Reihoku area, and clear weather for the Reinan area. The temperature high is expected to reach between 25⁰C and 26⁰C, continuing this early summer weather.
First COVID-19 Case in the Reinan Area
On April 18th, Fukui Prefecture reported that a patient who had been infected with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has passed away. Within the prefecture, it is the 5th COVID-19 related death. In addition, there has been confirmation of the first COVID-19 case within the Reinan area.
Regarding the person who had passed away, in respect to the strong wishes of the family, the person’s gender, age, and residence has not been published.
Furthermore, the prefecture reported the confirmed COVID-19 infection of a Wakasa Town unemployed female (in her 30s), and of a Fukui City male company employee (in his 40s); this brings the total number of confirmed cases within the prefecture to 106, with 4 patients in serious condition.
Concerning the case of the Wakasa Town female, it is the first confirmed COVID-19 case within the Reinan area. During the two-week period prior to the onset of symptoms, she had travelled within the Tokai and Kansai regions. On April 14th, she experienced a fever of at least 38⁰C. On the 17th, she took a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, and was confirmed as positive for the virus.
As for the Fukui City male, a colleague had been infected with COVID-19, and became a close contact.