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Cartoon dog pitches COVID vaccines to skeptical Japanese public

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Sorry, I'm too mature to be swayed by this type of propaganda.

As a fully grown adult. I will make my own decision.

2 ( +34 / -32 )

As a fully grown adult. I will make my own decision.

If only being old enough to be an adult were a condition enough to guarantee decisions were made based on rational arguments instead of irrational fears and mistaken information, things like cartoon dogs would be completely unnecessary.

28 ( +46 / -18 )

Another childish response to a serious situation. How pathetic.

9 ( +23 / -14 )

If only being old enough to be an adult were a condition enough to guarantee decisions were made based on rational arguments instead of irrational fears and mistaken information

Mature adults also know that there is a diversity of opinion in people. Calling other people "irrational" simply because they make different choices with their own bodies is inconsistent with being an adult.

Sorry. but the silly dog won't change my choice and neither will name calling.

-10 ( +28 / -38 )

disapointed to see they didn't pick up on my suggestion

jiji Xx Jan. 28  12:31 pm JST

the real problem is..... no CORONA MASCOT. suggestions please, via fax or postcard, to the special panel of government experts..... 

coro-chan?

(⌒▽⌒)

9 ( +11 / -2 )

disaPPointed

-7 ( +1 / -8 )

Mature adults also know that there is a diversity of opinion in people.

If the opinion is different because of irrational fears and mistaken information that is still a wrong opinion, even if the person really really wants to believe that.

A choice is frequently based on wrong logic or even lies, there is nothing wrong with saying so when it is the case. The point may not be to change the mind of the person that is willingly choosing to be irrational and wrong, but for others that may think there is something actually valid leading to that decision and get hesitant until that is clarified.

5 ( +24 / -19 )

In the US they use politicians, rap songs, and “stars”. In Japan silly characters.

Why not simply state the benefits of the vaccine and then the risks and people can decide based on their own physical condition and personal risk factors?

14 ( +20 / -6 )

If it’s a choice between continuing on like this or taking the vaccine, I’ll easily take my chances with a vaccine. We can’t continue like this. It’s a no brainer.

13 ( +22 / -9 )

....and we’re being told by the talking heads on TV that even if you have the jab you can still transmit the virus? It’s no wonder people are not rushing to be injected with these experimental “vaccines”

They’ll need to at least hold us ransom to get back international travel for that.

-5 ( +13 / -18 )

Mature adults also know that there is a diversity of opinion in people. 

And "mature" adults would know better than to have to reply! to comments about a character, or anything else as well.

5 ( +15 / -10 )

Why not simply state the benefits of the vaccine and then the risks and people can decide based on their own physical condition and personal risk factors?

Because governments have realized long ago that people dont listen to "facts" and need to be entertained!

14 ( +17 / -3 )

How about monetary incentives combined with vax programs to boost the inoculation rate? A voucher of 10,000 yen for jab would also give a little help to people under economic hardship. Kill two birds with a stone. Note there is no penalty for refusal as vax dissidents still have freedom guaranteed.

The government could have done such a "bundled deal" when providing 100,000 yen to all residents (e.g. by requiring the registraion of my number/social security or tracing app).

-6 ( +6 / -12 )

In the US, all the elites promoted the vaccines by getting themselves vaccinated before everybody else.

I prefer the cute dog over the hypocrite line-jumpers.

8 ( +14 / -6 )

GoTo Uwakushin Doggy. Cute

I will definitely get mine.

-5 ( +5 / -10 )

How about monetary incentives combined with vax programs to boost the inoculation rate?

This has been suggested before, but it becomes an ethical problem very easily and have many unintended negative consequences. It also complicate things when there is not enough vaccine for everybody and when you want everybody with medical exceptions to be honest about them.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-vaccines-payment/experts-spar-over-ethical-question-should-we-be-paid-to-get-covid-19-shots-idUSKBN27L327

4 ( +15 / -11 )

Because governments have realized long ago that people dont listen to "facts" and need to be entertained!

Just because they treat you like a child, doesn't mean you have to act like one.

Adults have bodily autonomy and the right to make their own decisions.

If anything, celeb endorsements and cute characters just strengthen my resolve to ignore the product being advertised.

-6 ( +14 / -20 )

A cartoon dog? Wasn’t Tommy Lee Jones available?

18 ( +19 / -1 )

@Yubaru

Your implication are people are too stupid to understand or listen? Of course the exception are the posters here at Japan Today.

I will take the facts and data instead of the entertainers, elites, and cartoons before I just decide to "obey"

9 ( +16 / -7 )

If the opinion is different because of irrational fears and mistaken information that is still a wrong opinion, even if the person really really wants to believe that.

Go ahead and take chimpanzee RNA and mix it with your DNA. Just don’t force it on other people. I guess if you reproduce, your children will have no choice as the chimpanzee RNA will be passed on.

-7 ( +9 / -16 )

I agree with Tokyo-Engr! Spot on !

0 ( +7 / -7 )

A significant number of Japanese would choose to be exposed to a tortuous and fatal disease rather than deal with the prospect of some numbness or itchiness in the arm from a foreign vaccine jab.

NHK news' coverage was last night was ridiculous and irresponsible, with its barrage of questions to a doctor who'd been jabbed to give every detail of the mild and short-term numbness and fatigue he experienced. At least, they could have wrapped up the interview by saying something like, "Well, it's still a whole lot better than having your lungs shredded to pieces and then possibly dying."

6 ( +16 / -10 )

Go ahead and take chimpanzee RNA and mix it with your DNA.

I haven’t heard of any country proposing forced vaccinations. Not even China. Japan certainly hasn’t that I’ve seen.

4 ( +15 / -11 )

Because governments have realized long ago that people dont listen to "facts" and need to be entertained!

Some of this is people's own failings, but some of it is the result of the government keeping the public uneducated and easy to control. People with the ability to filter out misinformation about health would probably also be able to filter out misinformation the government itself feeds them.

Given the Showa (pre-1990) look of this mascot, I think the target may be the old, not the young.

11 ( +11 / -0 )

This is frankly absurd,why Japanese people always need some cartoon or cute mascot even for serious issues like this?

Sometimes it feels like they are treated like a 7 years old kid.

5 ( +10 / -5 )

Since the vaccine will be introduced here in Japan here is the CDC vaccine checklist for those who have not seen it.

https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/downloads/pre-vaccination-screening-form.pdf

Here is an article about 23 people who died in Norway (not a like or speculation) after receiving the vaccine. However they were all over 80 years old.

https://nypost.com/2021/01/15/23-die-in-norway-after-receiving-pfizer-covid-19-vaccine/

Another article about a doctor who died...from the NY Times (under investigation)

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/12/health/covid-vaccine-death.html

I am not saying "do not take the vaccine" and I am certainly in favor of vaccines (I have had numerous as have both of my kids). However do your own research, understand the risks and benefits, then make a decision.

There is a specific concern I have with this vaccine which is specifically mentioned by Pfizer. If I take the vaccine and have a negative side effect of course they will ask me "Why did you take it"? There are other vaccines coming and I would like the choice to take one of those.

3 ( +14 / -11 )

What about this? https://video.canund.com/watch/doctors-around-the-world-issue-dire-warning-do-not-get-the-covid-vaccine_YrYRfO9PRVCK8vI.html?fbclid=IwAR30xsDVYiwLQWDL3X9qPRVqbwn6SVKI-f_587InjlKFkzS1pWDjvMaJbY8

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I know I should not be sharing this information but here is another article with more information about the risks.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-01-18/what-to-know-about-vaccine-related-deaths-allergies-quicktake

For most people it is probably safe and the potential benefits outweigh the risks.

Another article discusses potential long term risks

https://www.jpost.com/health-science/could-an-mrna-vaccine-be-dangerous-in-the-long-term-649253

There is a plethora of information available for all of us to read (of course after enjoying the cute cartoon character).

6 ( +10 / -4 )

A COVID-19 vaccine might:

Prevent you from getting COVID-19 or from becoming seriously ill or dying due to COVID-19

Prevent you from spreading the COVID-19 virus to others

Add to the number of people in the community who are protected from getting COVID-19 — making it harder for the disease to spread and contributing to herd immunity

Prevent the COVID-19 virus from spreading and replicating, which allows it to mutate and possibly become more resistant to vaccines

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/coronavirus/in-depth/coronavirus-vaccine/art-20484859#get-covid

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I am not saying "do not take the vaccine" and I am certainly in favor of vaccines (I have had numerous as have both of my kids). However do your own research, understand the risks and benefits, then make a decision.

Do your own research but present only half of the necessary information? That would be like presenting 3 people that won something at the lottery after being vaccinated. Would that mean that its fine to think it improves your luck?

How many people over 80yo died on the same period in Norway but without being vaccinated? how many doctors die suddenly a year in the US? one thing is to register everything so it can be compared with the normal incidence, another is to blindly assume anything bad happening can only be because of the vaccine, it was the same in South Korea, after vaccinating millions of people some died, but at the same rate as the unvaccinated population. The deaths were not related to the vaccine but many people with interest different from public health didn't lose time to blame the vaccines for anything and everything that could happen to someone after being vaccinated.

Your specific concern is the same for every drug, vaccine or treatment. You are free to take it or refuse it and that is part of the decisions you make and why it is necessary a visit to the doctor to inform you that nothing is ever free from risk, but still a much better option than the natural infection.

4 ( +18 / -14 )

@TheAvenger

Thanks for sharing that. It is a good argument for one of the available (or soon to be available) vaccines.

@Bungle

Do you include those that wish to do their own research and make an informed decision among the "cretins"?

4 ( +8 / -4 )

Very, very few people can reasonably decide. Unless you are a 20 year expert in medicine and vaccines, do you have enough information and understanding to make a reasonable choice for yourself? The answer is no. 99.99999% of humans cannot make an informed decision about the vaccine.

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@virusrex

How many people over 80yo died on the same period in Norway but without being vaccinated?

I do not know the answer to the question. I am only presenting information. If you have that information I would certainly welcome it and would like to have it. I specifically mentioned the fact that those that died were 80 years old or older is important (as it certainly indicates the deaths were limited to those who are likely more susceptible to side effects). However people should have this information and be able to decide for themselves.

You are correct about my "specific" concern and based on my concern I will make a decision which people on the internet may or may not agree with; which is OK.

You have alot of good information. Do you happen to work for Pfizer?

7 ( +16 / -9 )

"Oh, look! A cute cartoon is telling me to inject my healthy body with an experimental vaccine with unknown long term side effects, sure go ahead" - Said no one ever.

6 ( +19 / -13 )

Your implication are people are too stupid to understand or listen? Of course the exception are the posters here at Japan Today.

Lol! Well, consider the source of the PSA.. It's the "rule" here vs the exception, damn near every public service announcement uses either an idol or animated character, and rarely if ever, just states a "fact" without sugar-coating it.

I had a discussion about this a long time ago with an acquaintance from the local city office, she made the comment that advertising like this helps to keep the "severity" of any situation, or "fear level" down.

Her implication was that if something more serious is used, people's fear level would rise. I disagreed with her, because I for one dont think people are all that "dumb", until election season that is, but that's another subject!

Even in my own family we laugh at these things, and dont pay any attention to what follows BECAUSE it feels condescending as hell, and if the message was something serious, they shouldnt be trying to make it "cute"

8 ( +10 / -2 )

At first glance thought it was promoting Dogecoin.

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@Yubaru

In further context your point is well taken and it is quite interesting.

Now whether the shiyakusho person's concern is valid or not - well that is another story...albeit directly relevant to this article...

3 ( +4 / -1 )

Add to the number of people in the community who are protected from getting COVID-19 — making it harder for the disease to spread and contributing to herd immunity

Yet, isnt this vaccine, not a preventative vaccine, but one that would increase your anti-bodies to the virus, and lessen the symptoms if you do catch it? Much like, only for comparisons sake here, the flu virus vaccination?

My doctor always tells me, getting that vaccination does not prevent you from catching the flu, just lessening the effects of it, if you happen to catch it.

11 ( +11 / -0 )

I do not know the answer to the question. I am only presenting information.

That is the problem, you present incomplete information and not even mention that it is only half of what is necessary to know. That is not helping anyone to do research, it is introducing a very important bias. Being over 80yo is not only important because of side effects but because they are at risk of death from many causes only one of which is prevented by the vaccine. People should have the necessary information, not only the half of it that checks with what you personally think about the topic, else you are contributing more to the problem than to the solution. Not doing it on purpose like the antivaxxers do does not make it less dangerous to people that get the wrong idea because of it.

How is having a mascot promoting something completely in line with the recommendation of the experts stopping you from getting information? Why assume that it would be the case for anybody else interested in making an real, valid, informed decision? You should not care about making a decision different from what random people on the internet think, but making a decision different from what the experts in the field recommend? that should make you think if you are not being exposed to the same biased information that you were not even able to recognize in your own comments.

It may surprise you also that nothing I have written requires any specific position or job to be known, an elementary school kid with a little interest and time could know this. Do you believe every public health professional or scientist works for Pfizer?

3 ( +16 / -13 )

@JMW

99.99999% of humans cannot make an informed decision about the vaccine.

Using that logic and calculating the number of people capable of making such a decision there would be a grand total of 15 people in Japan (or around 35 in the U.S.) who would be considered capable of making an informed decision. (I believe you used your number to make a point however)

We can extrapolate that to nuclear power, environmental issues, etc. etc. In that case we should be making very few decisions about our own lives and should follow some type of guidance from "authorities" or "expert panels" to make any decisions.

If we allow only those with specific and implicit knowledge of reactor cooling or safe shutdown systems for nuclear power plants then they could decide to restart all of the plants in Japan. In a couple of cases local governments have stopped them due to perceived risk......which is a good thing.

It is mind boggling to me that it is considered controversial to ask people to do research and make their own decisions.

1 ( +7 / -6 )

I’ve got the antibodies. No need for that experimental jab.

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@virusrex

you are not being exposed to the same biased information that you were not even able to recognize in your own comments.

I am quite aware of the possible "informational bias" however this statement came directly from the Norwegian Medicines Agency who are also quite well aware of the potential bias but decided it was important to publish this information anyway. That said I consider the informatoin important to add to the knowledge base. The Norwegian Medicines Agency did not post the additoinal informatoin you are referring to. I do not know why.

Yes I am quite aware of the risks of informational bias and still choose to read and study this information anyway.

Do you believe the Norwegian Medicines Agency should suppress this information or not release it to the public?

1 ( +7 / -6 )

In a year there won’t be a virus or if there is,then China and the world will be duking it out!

-6 ( +3 / -9 )

I am quite aware of the possible "informational bias" however this statement came directly from the Norwegian Medicines Agency who are also quite well aware of the potential bias but decided it was important to publish this information anyway. That said I consider the informatoin important to add to the knowledge base. The Norwegian Medicines Agency did not post the additoinal informatoin you are referring to. I do not know why.

Reference needed, it is very anomalous to not clarify that this piece of information must be considered inside of the specific characteristics of the group it is presented. It would be like "forgetting" to present the total number of vaccinations done in that population.

How is it that you interpret asking for all the necessary information instead of just half as asking for no information to be provided? that makes no sense.

If you are aware that some information that you read is biased, and choose to repeat it with the bias that is not a valid excuse, that is like reading something that you know is false and still repeating it as it is. It hinders more than helping to spread truthful information.

In this aspect it is even worse than having a mascot promoting something.

0 ( +10 / -10 )

@virusrex - on additional point. The question about you working for Pfizer is a complement and was not meant in jest. You have alot of information and I do read your posts. I just to not agree with you 100% of the time.

No - I do not think a kid can read and come up with the same information you do. It requires either having the background to digest, understand, and process the information or even working in the industry.

My concern is with the suppression and censorship of information which seems to be popular nowadays (especially for those with the power to engage in such censorship).

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@Tokyo-Engr

Why not simply state the benefits of the vaccine and then the risks and people can decide based on their own physical condition and personal risk factors?

I suspect the answer to that question is that there are two competing interests at play which authorities would rather most don't think about. From the broader social perspective, it's clearly best to have everyone share equal risk and get vaccinated in attempt to eradicate the virus. Whereas, from the perspective of individual self-interest, there is an obvious advantage to be had in having others accept all the risk of vaccination while still reaping the benefits of herd-immunity. However, if too many people adopt the free-rider position, the current situation will drag out indefinitely.

1 ( +3 / -2 )

English Teacher guy---Believe or not, civilization is built on trust. I have no problem with trust but verify, but what if you can't do either. You think you have the right to think for yourself, but you don't know what you don't know. I am sorry school in your native language was so hard for you. 99.99999% was no exaggeration.

How can you eat at a restaurant, if you don't check the recipes first? How can you get on a bus, if you don't check the driver's license and traffic record? Do you only hire unlicensed contractors, because licensing tests are so unfair? Do you go to doctors who barely passed medical school, why or why not?

-2 ( +3 / -5 )

@Virusrex

Reference needed,

Reference for what? The Norwegian government? Why did they choose to publish this information? Your question should be directed at them, not me.

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@JMW47

Then if it is no exaggeration there are quite literally 15 people in Japan and 35 in the United States qualified to make this decision for the rest of the population.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

Reference for what? The Norwegian government? Why did they choose to publish this information? Your question should be directed at them, not me.

You are the one that said that the Norwegian Medicines Agency published the information without the necessary context, thus introducing bias. This is not something a professional health institution normally does, before asking the Norwegian why they do this I would first need to corroborate if that actually happened thus asking you your source, since you explicitly said it was directly from them.

You would be surprised what an elementary school kid can do if they find the topic interesting. As long as the information can be accessed openly in the internet a lot of people will know and understand it even if they are not professionals in the field.

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If the vaccine is so good, why are people told that they still have to wear a mask and follow social distancing after getting it? Genuine question.

6 ( +7 / -1 )

Tokyo-m, it takes 1-2 weeks in the body to become effective.

1 ( +4 / -3 )

Japan's medical professionals proved to be unethical and not qualified at all to undertake task of this magnitude.

The Japanese people have every right not to trust the medical experts in Japan.

For whatever reason only after 100 severe cases in Tokyo Japan's medical system collapsed and people were left on their own to basically die.

I doubt doggies and Mario characters will help.

The WHO should take an initiative and start showing commercials in English , like they do in Africa, and explain the Japanese people what vaccines are and that these vaccines are designed and developed by real professional and in Belgium.

4 ( +6 / -2 )

Doge protecc, doge attacc

So skill, much amazing

1 ( +3 / -2 )

Tokyo-m, it takes 1-2 weeks in the body to become effective.

Thanks for that. So you can take the mask off after 2 weeks?

3 ( +4 / -1 )

The First 15 comments were ‘interesting’ & ‘entertaining’. Most ‘concise’ were @Yubaru & @kohakuebisu 8:37a JST: (skip all the rest...)

”...govt’s have realized long ago people dont listen to "facts" and need to be entertained! // ...people's own failings, but it’s also, the result of the govt keeping the public uneducated and easy to control.

Conclusion: “People have the ability to filter out misinformation the govt feeds them.”

There! Argument settled! Let’s move on.

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A significant number of Japanese would choose to be exposed to a tortuous and fatal disease rather than deal with the prospect of some numbness or itchiness in the arm from a foreign vaccine jab.

A tortuous and fatal disease, I laughed out loud. Stop fear-mongering, for most people it's nothing. My sister has it apparently and she almost didn't go to get tested because the symptoms are so mild she thought it was something else - less than the flu!

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How many people over 80yo died on the same period in Norway but without being vaccinated?

I will have a quick back of the envelope go at this.

Population of Norway 5.3m.

Average age of death c. 83, so more than half of those who die are over 80.

About 1% of the population die a year (assumption).

So 53,000 die a year, of which 27,000 are over 80.

About 2,100 die a month on average, but maybe about 3000 in winter months.

So about 100 over 80s die a day in Norway.

The entire over 80s population is being vaccinated over a few months, in which time about 9000 will die anyway.

Statistically you would expect quite a lot of deaths shortly after taking the vaccine. Far more than the 23 quoted above.

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If the vaccine is so good, why are people told that they still have to wear a mask and follow social distancing after getting it? Genuine question.

Because no one knows who has had the vaccine and who hasn't.

-3 ( +5 / -8 )

Skeptical Japanese people have a doubt if the vaccines developed for Caucasians fit to Asians. What about give a try to Chinse vaccines for them.

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English Teacher guy---Believe or not, civilization is built on trust. I have no problem with trust but verify, but what if you can't do either. You think you have the right to think for yourself, but you don't know what you don't know. I am sorry school in your native language was so hard for you. 99.99999% was no exaggeration.

People don't question medical science when they want their appendix removed, but feel that they are experts on vaccination after one YouTube video.

0 ( +6 / -6 )

An American lawyer appears as a cat by mistake. Everyone laughs.

A Japanese Minister intentionally hands out advice as a dog. Should we laugh? Maybe we should just put our heads in our hands in despair.

7 ( +7 / -0 )

If science isn't an option in Japan they can always kamikaze approach this problem. It is not a bad idea and it might work.

Just shut up and do it for Japan.

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

Some of us haven’t forgotten You @jiji Xx 7:08a JST “they didn't pick up on my suggestion’. They are still at it! ffs! ... It’s ‘a cartoon dog’ and All of your ‘panties are in a twist’.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

I am not an anti-vaxer... however, I believe we are rushing into this one all to quickly, and why ?

(Sure it's a contagion... got that bit)

But unlike other Countries Japan has not suffered the massive rate of infection ...

We are already seeing deaths following the inoculation of individuals, followed by a sudden rush by "Officials" to say they're unrelated.... which is very suspicious.

We also have not really seen any study into the long term effects of these inoculations.

Indeed, receiving an inoculation - is being seen as a passport carrier for the virus to take it elsewhere!!!

The Pharma Companies are already telling us that having received their inoculation, we need to take a booster yearly... or else what ? (That's the troubling thing for me - does the one received initially suddenly mutate into the fully blow virus ???)

If we are being forced to take these inoculations - who takes responsibility when they go wrong ? And if we are forced to take then ad-infinitum until death - who pays for those ?

-1 ( +7 / -8 )

The constant infantilization in Japan is amazing. Cartoons everywhere aimed at adults, often about serious topics.

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I am also very disappointed that the WHO basically licked the ass of the CCP and even attended a propaganda event during their event.

3 ( +10 / -7 )

All the “vacc/no vacc” ‘educators’ overlooked today’s kuchikomi JT article ‘Various rumors swirling around corona vaccination”. - (So far, only 10 Comments). Still plenty of people there to be indoctrinated to your respective ‘points of view’.

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If the vaccine is so good, why are people told that they still have to wear a mask and follow social distancing after getting it? Genuine question.

This vaccine, like other viral vaccinations, like the flu vaccination, do not prevent you from becoming infected from the virus. It builds anti-bodies in your system, that allows your body to fight off any potential infection.

Which means you still can "catch" it, but hopefully, thanks to the vaccination, you would have zero, to only minor symptoms. Same with the flu vaccine. Just because you get the shot, does not guarantee your not be immune to catching and having symptoms.

Which also means, that you could potentially spread the virus to those who have not been vaccinated and they come down with, possibly, more severe symptoms.

So until an overwhelming majority of the population, (herd immunity) has received the vaccination, it is only smart to keep following the precautions you are now.

My fear is that people here are going to be like "Oh I got the shot so I am good to go!" and then they go and infect their entire family and someone dies!

(Hence me wanting the government to get serious about how it advertises/promotes/educates the public to the vaccinations!)

3 ( +5 / -2 )

My step mum,cousin and aunt had COVID19 in the U.K.

Symptoms ranged from nasty flu like to a mild cold.

Others in the same household did NOT contract the virus( opposite to popular belief that it is highly contagious).

My point is that is far from a torturous and fatal disease for the vast majority of us.

-1 ( +7 / -8 )

Great initiative.

Still, I was already convinced before the cartoon dog.

Bring that vaccine, my arm is waiting for that jab of freedom.

3 ( +8 / -5 )

Well @snowymountainhell... I guess you go for the yearly medical checkups and flu jabs.

That's your choice. And I do not criticise you for doing so.

Though now, we are going to be FORCED to take an inoculation against our will.... so I do take a stance against that - not through being an anti-vaxer as you put it... but through Scientific study ... the current vaccine has been rushed and with limited long term testing - who knows what it will do to us.

When you are young, your immune system is adapting and adjusting. When you are old, it does not adapt so easily. Fact.

I have to (with clenched teeth) agree with the CCP in it's lambasting of the UK for focusing upon the Elderly first...

The focus should be upon the young, whose immune system can be programmed by these inoculations.... but even then... I still question the long term effects.

I avoid the yearly Flu Jab, and have never had the Flu... why ? I'm not an anti-vaxer, I just simply don't want to jump onto a bandwagon that has no solid ground for doing so. I'm also not a BitCoin investor.... so draw your conclusions...

-3 ( +3 / -6 )

Thanks, @Yubaru. ‘Big fan’ since Today 8:04a JST. @mmwkdw: They took this ‘vacc/No vacc’ debate over to today’s JT kuchikomi : ‘Various rumors swirling around corona vaccination” We’re still talking about the doggy over here.

On the ‘cute doggy’ topic here, @mmwkdw 11:07a JST, we got your re: “ WHO...LTA...” Good one. Thanks

-4 ( +1 / -5 )

Vaccines have risks; on that we all agree.

My relations here are all in the medical profession.

Guess what?

Not one of them wants to take the vaccine.

They know that there are risks for what appears to be a low risk disease in all but the elderly.

They are aware of vaccine risks and mistakes that big pharma have made eg Dengvaxia and know side effects can also manifest later on.

If the vaccine is so safe then have the vaccinating hospital agree to accept liability, in writing, for any side effects originating from injection.

You all know that they won’t so....

My advice is wait and see, especially if you are at low risk.

2 ( +7 / -5 )

I just knew a cartoon character or mascot was going to rear its ugly head. Do we really need to be treated like children again?

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Good one, @Dothehustle! 8:17a JST “Wasn’t Tommy Lee Jones avail?”

RIP TLJ. - “Your watch has ended.” Bruce Willis is here to replace you.
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And grow up with your cartoon dogs. I shake my head in embarrassment at times.

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some “big” boys and girls here don’t like cute mascots ...

if it gets the job done, I’m not gonna complain ...

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Wait, I thought I read that the people who died in Norway already had a terminal illness. They didn't drop dead when the needle came out.

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Who knew the ‘cute doggy’ would get so much attention?!? *@AG  11:21a JST “...Great initiative... I was already convinced before the cartoon dog.”*

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we are going to be FORCED to take an inoculation against our will....

Japan has never proposed this.

Are you scared of the boogyman too?

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Well said, @BernardMarx  11:00a JST “The constant infantilization in Japan...Cartoons everywhere aimed at adults, often about serious topics.”

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I find it quite sad that so many seemingly well educated posters on here are still posting things like "experimental vaccine", "hurried vaccine" , "untried vaccine"...... None are true and have been shown to be false over and over again.

Yes, after the vaccine you can still get the virus and pass it on however, this is greatly reduced and a vaccinated person will have much less severe symptoms.

For the vast majority of people without known allergies to certain types of vaccine its a no brainer...

GET THE VACCINE!

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Despite Japan choosing once again to take an incredibly serious issue and relegate the job of educating it's public to a cartoon, the dog is still probably more qualified than any government official here to do the job.

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Sadly, everyone’s other, potentially ‘valid/invalid points’ are ‘getting buried’ in this ‘sea of rhetoric’.

In the meantime, *the ‘vacc/No vacc’ debate ‘is raging’ **over in today’s JT kuchikomi*:

“Various rumors swirling around corona vaccination”..

Here, we’re still talking about the cute doggy. (All of which, will be forgotten tomorrow.)

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Skewered! @smithinjapan 12:33p JST “Japan choosing again to take a serious issue and relegate the job of educating to a cartoon... the dog is still probably more qualified than any govt official here to do the job.

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We are already seeing deaths following the inoculation of individuals, followed by a sudden rush by "Officials" to say they're unrelated.... which is very suspicious.

This is a completely irrational position, if the officials can demonstrate the deaths are not related then the suspicions come for free, and based on a fixed idea not based on reality. What would be NOT suspicious if the deaths are not related?

We also have not really seen any study into the long term effects of these inoculations.

Neither for the natural infection, but still we already have long term/permanent effects on COVID patients, so the vaccine is still safer at this point, even at long term.

The Pharma Companies are already telling us that having received their inoculation, we need to take a booster yearly... or else what ?

No they are not telling that, it would not be true, if you need to make up false information to "prove" your point, maybe you are not as correct as you want to believe.

Nobody is being forced to take any inoculations, that is another imaginary thing to be afraid of.

My fear is that people here are going to be like "Oh I got the shot so I am good to go!" and then they go and infect their entire family and someone dies!

This would be the case if the shot was mailed to anybody or something like that, in reality it has to be done by a doctor that must explain what are and not the effects of the vaccine while checking if the person should or not receive it. Getting this explained takes a few extra seconds on something that already must be done.

When you are young, your immune system is adapting and adjusting. When you are old, it does not adapt so easily. Fact.

Reference here, for the response to an infectious disease or a vaccine this would not have any importance, is just another non relevant information. If the vaccine helps protecting the person and is less risky than the infection then its completely justified to vaccinate that person, even if the effect is not absolutely perfect.

My relations here are all in the medical profession.

Guess what?

Not one of them wants to take the vaccine.

My relations here are all in the evaluation of scientific knowledge by segments of the medical population, Guess what? not one of them say that doctors in Japan can make proper scientific based decisions and instead are terribly ignorant about what they are supposed to know about vaccines. They also say that when people run out of arguments to defend their lack of knowledge they make invalid appeals to authority using anonymous people that supposedly have exactly the same opinions.

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Cartoon dog pitches COVID vaccines 

Would not expect otherwise. This is Japan, so tjhere must be a cartoon character for everything.

As for the jab, those who want to take it should check out Rumble, Bitchute or similar uncensored sites for some horrific videos of the side effects that happen for some people. It is a gamble.

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put a label with “ Made in Japan “ on the vaccine boxes and 99% if the population will take it with a smile !

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> we are going to be FORCED to take an inoculation against our will....

Japan has never proposed this.

Are you scared of the boogyman too?

Be patient, it’s coming...

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Sorry, can't keep up with all the 'rumors' being debated @JT's kuchikomi. @Virusrex:, you seem most reasonable with your comments there.

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So many people having a problem with the means to the solution, but what have you done to solve the problem of anti-vaccination propaganda?

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Could be called "Go To Vaxu-Wan-Wan"...

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People wouldn't be so hesitant if the government didn't hesitate so much.

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Be patient, it’s coming...

Source:

Dude trust me.

So many people having a problem with the means to the solution, but what have you done to solve the problem of anti-vaccination propaganda?

It could be as simple as saying "this is wrong/false/mistaken" when finding the propaganda.

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The best out there are Pfizer and Moderna both 95% in efficacy. I just finished the 2 shots by Pfizer this week. The second shot made me very tired I decided to sleep by 5PM - woke up at 10PM and ate my dinner and drank a lot of water as advised. Went to bed at 1AM and woke up at 8AM like a mew person. I guess the vaccine was taking effect.

Pfizer also works against the UK variant.

I suggest you call your doctor if you are alright to take the vaccine. I personally did since I had some issues like allergies - but it depends what kind. This way you feel

safe taking the vaccine. Talk to your doctor to make sure you do not have issues.

If you ever catch COVID in spite of the vaccine they said it may be so light you would not have to be hospitalized. They are studying if it is also good against the South African variant.

Do not go to websites that seem real but really fake. I am alive and kicking for my age after taking both jabs.

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It amuses me how for the last year I kept reading how COVID isn’t serious and those millions who have died would have anyway because they’re old and/or have underlying health conditions. Now suddenly the same people have immediately and directly attributed the deaths of elderly people to the vaccine.

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harkinsFeb. 14 07:00 pm JST

It amuses me how for the last year I kept reading how COVID isn’t serious and those millions who have died would have anyway because they’re old and/or have underlying health conditions. Now suddenly the same people have immediately and directly attributed the deaths of elderly people to the vaccine.

Amusing is the right word indeed.

Much in the same way that every person that tested positive and died last year was attributed to COVID, even if they died from pre-existing conditions. And now that people die after taking a vaccine, of course it has nothing to do with the vaccine and is attributed to underlying health issues instead.

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The Current Vaccines simply make you temporarily, an immune carrier of the virus to the rest of the World.

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Serious Open Question - Who do you sue when you have a Medical Problem having been forced to take this inoculation ?

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