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Fake news makes many young Japanese people not believe in Covid-19 vaccine


Myths like “vaccinations cause infertility” and “Covid-19 vaccines use mRNA technology that changes your DNA” have been widely circulated on social media in Japan.

Medical workers give people a Covid-19 vaccine in Tokyo, Japan on June 25, 2021. (Photo: AFP/VNA)

False statements and misinformation about Covid-19 vaccines on social networks are weakening the trust of Japanese youth, significantly affecting the Japanese government’s efforts to complete the campaign. large-scale vaccination in November and achieve herd immunity.

Myths like “vaccinations cause infertility” and “Covid-19 vaccines use mRNA technology that alters your DNA” have been widely circulated on the Internet, while anti-vaccination posts have also surfaced. appeared “like mushrooms after the rain” on social networking sites Facebook and Twitter.

The Japan Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists as well as the Japan Association of Infectious Diseases in Obstetrics and Gynecology have emphasized that, for pregnant women, vaccination against Covid-19 brings more benefits. is the risk.

The Japanese Ministry of Health also confirmed that so far there have been no reports on the impact of the Covid-19 vaccine on reproductive function.

For his part, Japan’s vaccination campaign minister Taro Kono last month posted on his personal blog affirming: “There is absolutely no scientific evidence that the Covid-19 vaccine will cause infertility. “

Mr. Kono warned that the “vaccine hoax” had been spreading around the world and Japan was no exception, and urged the public to be wary of misinformation.

Mr. Kono’s blog is overseen by a team of about 30 doctors and experts.

These people are also founding members of the “COV-Navi” project with the aim of providing comprehensive information on the effectiveness and side effects of the Covid-19 vaccine.

Dr Tomoya Kurokawa of Chiba University Hospital, which manages the COV-Navi project, said that in the past weeks, his team has received a lot of questions regarding vaccine misinformation.

As vaccination campaigns rolled out in workplaces and universities in late June, many people went online to seek information and were exposed to panic-inducing fake news.

According to Dr. Kurokawa, many young people are hesitant to get vaccinated because they think they are less likely to get seriously ill with Covid-19, so it is not necessary to get vaccinated. However, the reality is that the disease can have long-term effects in people of all ages.

According to a survey conducted in June by Kyushu Bunka Gakuen School – which operates private schools and universities in Nagasaki Prefecture, southwestern Japan – conducted in June, a total of 388 people (or 45.9%) among them 846 high school students polled said they would get vaccinated “if it’s mandatory.”

Meanwhile, 110 students, or 13%, said they did not want to be vaccinated.

The survey also found that 137 students, or 16.2%, were ready to be vaccinated, while 34, or 4.1 percent, said they would “never” be vaccinated.

Prominent among the reasons for not wanting to be vaccinated were fear of side effects (59.1%), and “doubt about the effectiveness of the vaccine” (13.4%).

Kyushu school spokesman Bunka Gakuen said that it seems that conflicting information from the internet and people around is increasing students’ insecurity about vaccinations.

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike also specifically expressed concern about this situation.

Speaking at a regular press conference last week, Governor Koike pointed out that “disseminating the right knowledge about vaccines” among young people is essential to speeding up the vaccination program.

Japan recently accelerated its Covid-19 vaccination campaign, expanding its target audience to young people after prioritizing vaccinations for healthcare workers and people aged 65 and over.

In another survey conducted by the Research Institute for Economics, Trade and Industry (RIETI) of about 11,800 participants, 80.6% of respondents aged 65 and older said they plan to get vaccinated. , while about 17.5% of 18- to 29-year-olds stated no such intention.

The survey, conducted in three phases from October 2020, with the most recent ending in May, shows that groups of young people tend to be less interested in vaccinations.

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