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Japan to administer COVID vaccine soon to children aged under 12

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This is an awful decision that will come back to haunt Big Pharma and the politicians. But hey, got get those profits while you can, right?

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Thank you Japan for being decisive and not making me live in state of chaos like the other countries.

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This is a good thing and necessary. Children are given a much smaller dose than adults, of course. However, it is necessary to boost their immune system against the more severe effects of the virus.

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Yes, let's vaccinate the cohort at least risk from COVID-19, the cohort at greatest risk with regard to possible long term side effects of the vaccine, and let's vaccinate them with a vaccine based on a variant no longer widely in circulation. Sounds like a great plan.

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Vaccinate from 3 or 6 months with all the other jabs?. Surely best option to protect future generations.

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This is for profits only. You know what is good for kids immune systems? Playing outside in the dirt.

Show me where kids under 12 have been hurt by Covid anymore than they have been hurt by the flu.

I am 57 years old. If mRNA has side effects in the long run, so be it.

But why are you testing this out on kids and soon you will want to mandate it. Kids have now made it 2 years in without problems. Leave the testing of them alone.

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The government will reopen mass inoculation centers run by the Self-Defense Forces to administer third shots to the elderly at a faster pace and begin the booster program for others in March, earlier than previously planned, Kishida told reporters."

Take your time ....by March Omicron wave will probably subside, but yeah those letters take time to be mailed out...back to 1922 not 2022.

Thank you Japan for being decisive and not making me live in state of chaos like the other countries. don’t believe all the cry babies in this forum .nippon ichiban!"

Words of wisdom are back....with a smile on my face and spring in the step I praise the wise leadership of LDP in the last 2 years. always entertaining, lol.

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Allow children to gain immunity in a natural way, vaccinate at-risk groups.

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This 10 year old girl gets it... I wonder why it's taking the adults so long? The comments for this video are especially telling. Most people realize that when it's the kids who start speaking up there is something seriously wrong.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0u-1z4yu68

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At a time when Children are developing their own immune system and make it strong on their own, we are going to introduce help from the outside to supersede it, Just crazy !

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No thanks, my son will not be a guinea pig to a vaccine with no long term trials. I and my wife have both been double jabbed and understand the risks but no way should a healthy child with zero risk of death be vaccinated, this is lunacy.

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At a time when Children are developing their own immune system and make it strong on their own, we are going to introduce help from the outside to supersede it, Just crazy !

I know, right? Vaccinating kids. Who’d do that? Just crazy! /s

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Well, as long as it is optional, parents need to make decisions. @Todd here said kids have now made it two years without problem. Most of us, myself included, do too. We have no vaccine mandate in Japan so it’s all about personal decision. Again as of today am COVID vaccine free.

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Bob Fosse "I know, right? Vaccinating kids. Who’d do that? Just crazy! /s" Vaccinating kids against polio, smallpox, sure. Vaccinating kids against something that is less lethal to them than the common cold and with a new technology for which adverse side effect data has yet to be fully understood...hesitancy is the natural response.

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Vaccinating kids against polio, smallpox, sure. 

You know that back then there was also a minority group resisting those vaccines, right?

You don’t have polio or smallpox now because science and sense prevailed. Fortunately there wasn’t Facebook then.

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Bad decision, extremely bad decision.

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You know that back then there was also a minority group resisting those vaccines, right?

You don’t have polio or smallpox now because science and sense prevailed. Fortunately there wasn’t Facebook then.

Polio and smallpox were killing kids, covid poses zero risk to healthy kids.

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covid poses zero risk to healthy kids.

This is not true. But you say the same about healthy adults so what’s the point?

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No children under 10 in Japan have died from Covid. The children should not be used to protect the adults, it should be the other way around. We are playing with fire here, never have unnecessary medical procedures.

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No Thank you Jinc.

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No not the children. Immobility issues. Don't make them statue.

What's the reason for making legal age then?

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The steps, announced along with plan to further extend an entry ban on non-resident foreigners until the end of February, are part of government efforts to strengthen countermeasures against the highly transmissible Omicron variant.

So as a non resident yet with family members in Japan whom I have not been able to see since December 2020...... I'm still struggling despite my double Covid vaccinations and booster and prepared to do the quarantining / isolation to the letter, being in possession of a temporary visa, that I am and others in the same siatuation cannot enter the country ....... Can somebody please help me out with the Epidemiological (illogigal) explanation rationale ? Thank you

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If those in charge wanted to save lives they'd ship these vaccines to the millions of 80+ year olds throughout the 3rd world that don't have access to them.

Saving lives is not their priority, another agenda is afoot.

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...and out pop the rabid anti-vax nutcases with their wild and mentally deluded conspiracy theories.

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N.Knight

Fail to see any conspiracy theories on this thread, perhaps you could enlighten us to which comments you are referring to?

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No.

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How many years after the vaccines were developed were they injected into healthy children?

I can bet it wasn’t 1 year like this vaccine or even the same decade.

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At an "early date"???

Kids 5-12 in US are already getting their booster shots (3rd shot). [Rest of] the world's developed countries have allowed it for kids under 12 many months ago ago.

It not a requirement that any kid (or adult) in Japan get a vaccine. Its just an option, so please Japanese government get out of my way. Being in the way of allowing vaccines is not really governing.

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Big mistake. Adults should make their own choice, but children should not be subjected to experimental medical treatment with no data about long term effects.

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Being in the way of allowing vaccines is not really governing.

It is when they have to pay for whatever side effects the child might suffer.

There's usually a decades long careful process for pharmaceutical products to get tested and vetted before they can be used on children with developing immune systems.

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Todd ‘Show me where kids under 12 have been hurt by Covid anymore than they have been hurt by the flu.’……my daughter spent a week in intensive care with the flu when she was 6 years old. Everyone reacts differently to all viruses, her brother had the flu at the same time and only had a high temp for 24 hours.
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@Bob Fosse "You don’t have polio or smallpox now because science and sense prevailed." Science prevailed after 40,000 kids were infected with polio...from the vaccine. Early stages in medical science/history have proven precarious and not without risk.

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The head guy at Pfizer just was on a report saying that the first 2 shots have little or no effect on the virus. So now you want to jab kids that have very little risk in the first place. Come man stop thinking like Brandon. Use your critical thinking and endless meetings and studies to find out more info on the long term effects on children. Use the mag lev as an example. Endless studies and still haven’t rolled it out. This would be a time not to tow the line like the rest of the world. More studies are needed before you start jabbing up the youngsters.

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@blastcaptain "This 10 year old girl gets it."...Get's what...a script to read?

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So Japan government is also blinded than others.

Pfizer has a deal with all government to don’t be held responsible for all problems for it vaccine

Pfizer get fined since many years for corruption, lie and forgery for many medical tests

And Japanese people will put their kid’s life between their hands ?!!

Hahaha Japan wake up quickly!

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Good for Japan. Protecting health and welfare.

Luckily the usual conspiracy theorists/lunatics - an irrelevant and tiny minority - do not set health policy in Japan. Most parents will have their kids vaccinated. Deal with it, crackpots!

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Absolute lunacy!

Children have zero risk from Covid unless they are already dying from other illnesses!

If the most at risk groups have been vaccinated and Natural immunity is the true way out of this Covid insanity how will vaccinating kids who aren't at risk help??? It won't!

Japanese govt on a loser here!

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This is an awful decision that will come back to haunt Big Pharma and the politicians. But hey, got get those profits while you can, right?

The decision is based on scientific data, what part of that data you can prove wrong?

Yes, let's vaccinate the cohort at least risk from COVID-19

This is nothing new, children are routinely vaccinated against problems that kill zero children every year, as long as the vaccine can lower the risk then it is justified to do it.

This is for profits only

Prove the data that validates the decision wrong, else your reason is irrelevant.

Show me where kids under 12 have been hurt by Covid anymore than they have been hurt by the flu.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2021/03/02/children-flu-deaths/

But why are you testing this out on kids and soon you will want to mandate it. Kids

Why do you assume so many unproved things? specially that COVID has no long term risks not yet identified (apart from the dozens already, that can affect the life of a person for life)?

Allow children to gain immunity in a natural way, vaccinate at-risk groups.

Children are included in the at-risk groups, telling a parent of a child that can realistically die from any serious respiratory infection that their dhild is safe simply doesn't make it so. Pediatricians are in the first line of people pressuring the goverment to approve the age group for vaccination.

The comments for this video are especially telling. 

What is telling is when people end up without any valid scientific source to defend their personal beliefs they always end up presenting baseless videos, as if this was not making terribly obvious the lack of evidence.

At a time when Children are developing their own immune system and make it strong on their own, we are going to introduce help from the outside to supersede it, Just crazy !

There is nothing crazy about it, the pathogen actively interfere with the immune system, what is crazy is to believe a vaccine that has proved to be much safer than the infection somehow is worst for their immunity when it does not contain any of those immune-depressing proteins.

Polio and smallpox were killing kids, covid poses zero risk to healthy kids.

Search for the lethality rates of polio, you will be surprised, also there are other diseases that posess even less risk to children than COVID, but children are routinely vaccinated against them.

No children under 10 in Japan have died from Covid. 

And no children under 10 have had any vaccine problem?

Do you see why this is not a valid argument?

Fail to see any conspiracy theories on this thread, perhaps you could enlighten us to which comments you are referring to?

What do you consider thinking vaccines are so obviously bad for children but still being approved and supported by the experts that evaluate those risks for a living? massive distraction?

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I can bet it wasn’t 1 year like this vaccine or even the same decade.

You would be losing that bet, as most people that like to assume things from history without actually being informed about it.

Salk's vaccine was announced as safe in human trials on March 26, 1953. On February 23, 1954 a group of children were vaccinated, that is already shorter time than what is happening with COVID. Definetely NOT a decade later.

This is totally uncalled for. How many people in Japan under the age of 12 have gotten COVID so far? 

To be fair nobody knows it because of the terribly limited testing, but that is not an argument, because parents of children with problems that COVID can exacerbate to death have been extremely careful to avoid infection for over a year, including doing things that importantly affect their lives, a vaccine is definetely called to further reduce those risks, even if you consider it irrelevant for your personal life.

What are the chances that the average child in Japan is immunocompromised, morbidly obese, diabetic, elderly (literally impossible),

Sorry but that is just deep ignorance talking, there are many different things that compromise the health from a child, from rare hearth conditions to very common asthma or propensity for infections. There is a reason why pediatricians are very much interested in vaccines becoming available as soon as possible, can you say they are all wrong?

Adults should make their own choice, but children should not be subjected to experimental medical treatment with no data about long term effects.

You mean to actively expose them to the risk of COVID, a disease with no data about long term effects? that would be an argument for forcing vaccination then.

The head guy at Pfizer just was on a report saying that the first 2 shots have little or no effect on the virus.

No such thing have happened, when you have to make up imaginary facts to justify your beliefs maybe it is time to change your beliefs.

Pfizer has a deal with all government to don’t be held responsible for all problems for it vaccine

That is completely false information, Pfizer can be held responsible even criminally for problems with the vaccine without problem, the only responsibility the goverment takes is lawsuits from particulars, that is only ONE kind of responsibility and it is taken for the benefit of the claimants.

Children have zero risk from Covid unless they are already dying from other illnesses!

What is the data that you have that can contradict the professional opinion of experts that say "zero risk" is just a lie?

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The vaccines for polio, etc. have been tested in time. Also the fatality rate in children who contract those diseases is in the double digit range, nothing like non-issue which Covid presents to healthy children.

The C19 vaccines have been in use for a mere two years, no data is available about any mid- or long-term effects.

On the other hand, we do know how pharma companies lobby and get some of the experts to recommend their products.

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Without vaccines, worldwide survival rate for those under 20 that catch COVID is 99.999%, according to a Stanford University professor.

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