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Japanese vaccine expert urges public to vaccinate

A nurse talks to a passerby at a center offering free PCR tests in Ginza district in Tokyo. (ANJ)
A nurse talks to a passerby at a center offering free PCR tests in Ginza district in Tokyo. (ANJ)
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06 Feb 2022 09:02:52 GMT9
06 Feb 2022 09:02:52 GMT9

Arab News Japan

TOKYO: “If you get infected, it doesn’t make sense to get a vaccine,” some people in Japan are saying, but according to infectious disease specialist Satoshi Kutsuna that’s not the case.

He says Japan’s high vaccination rate has played a significant role in dealing with the virus.

“By achieving a high vaccination rate in Japan, it is thought that the number of severely ill people has been reduced to a large extent,” he wrote on his own website. “The risk of hospitalization due to Omicron strain is risky for those who have not been vaccinated.”

Kutsuna noted how in the early days of the current wave of infections in Japan, the younger generation were those who were mainly infected.

“Since there is concern that the number of infected elderly people will increase in the future, it is especially important to promptly get boosters for the elderly,” Kutsuna says.

“If you haven’t been vaccinated yet, please consider vaccination.”

Japan’s government has come under fire for its slow vaccine response, both for the initial vaccinations and for the booster. Only around 4 percent of Japanese have received a booster shot.

“In considering the severity of each epidemic, it is necessary to consider not only the pathogenicity of the mainstream mutant strains, but also the immunity of the population at that time,” Kutsuna says.

“In other words, in addition to the fact that the pathogenicity of the Omicron strain has reduced the severity, the high vaccination rate in Japan has led to a decrease in the severity of infected people.”

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