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Over half of Japan's population has received booster shot: gov't

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Over half of Japan's population has received their third COVID-19 vaccine dose, with 86.9 percent of those aged 65 and above vaccinated, government data showed Monday.

But vaccination rates among younger people still remain low relative to the general population, with only 30.1 percent and 33.2 percent of those in their 20s and 30s, respectively, having received their booster shots.

One of the reason is old people have their time in their hands so if there is after effect they don't need to worry, while younger people can spend two days with fever and pain, they also need to take day off since they'll be hospitalized by side effect after vaccination

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/expect/after.html

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I'm not getting any more of these so called boosters for a long as I live.

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How can they possible say anything of the side effects ?

Short term side effects perhaps.

Only time will tell what the long term side effects are from the vaccines and boosters.

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Between April 4 and 10, infections per 100,000

A whopping 6 days of data.

Why not give us 6 months of data?

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Explains exactly how well Japan has come through Omicron so far . With Omicron being the deadliest variant of Covid in Japan to date , it’s great to hear the highly responsible majority have done their part for themselves, other people around them , and the healthcare system.

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Excellent news.

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No plan to even get the vaccine let alone the booster.

It's a scam.

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Waste of time. Boosted just as likely to catch Covid as unboosted and unvaxxed and severity of omicron same for all!

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Singapore's rate stood at 73 percent as of Saturday.

A study at Nagasaki University in southwestern Japan found that among those aged 16 to 64, a third vaccine dose was 69 percent effective in preventing an outbreak of the Omicron strain, compared with 43 percent for those who had only received up to two doses.

Studies at Chiba University Hospital and Kobe University have also yielded results showing a certain degree of effectiveness of third doses.

This article is trying to push for vaccination and convince about the effectiveness of the booster.

Singapore has well over 20% of its population infected after releasing measures because the population was highly vaccinated. But it has been a surge in Omicron infection showing again clearly that the booster is not effective in preventing infections. Singapore was before that one of the lowest infected country.

Japanese data show clearly that the more vaccinated, the more people take precautions. ie elderlies vs younger, and that is why the infection rate is low for boostered people.

As an individual, I do not see much difference between a 43% or 69% effectiveness.

If people were all behaving like before Covid, data would not show any evidence of effectiveness, but only in preventing heavy symptoms development

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As an individual, I do not see much difference between a 43% or 69% effectiveness.

I'll help... It's 26%

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Wonder how it's going? Internationally? Last month from The WHO:

Adjustments to the Strategy to Achieve Global Covid-19 Vaccination are under consideration to account for new available evidence and the evolving context. WHO will continue to support countries and work with partners at every step of the global value chain to ensure the stark global inequity in access to vaccines is addressed.

As of the end of March 2022 over 11 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines had been administered globally, but, approximately 36% of the global population has not received a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, with significant disparities between regions. Of WHO’s 194 Member States, 21 have vaccinated less than 10% of their population, and 75 have vaccinated less than 40%. The disparity in the administration of booster doses is even more pronounced.

Need bedtime material? While you are there, scroll on down the page to Infodemic Management:

The first goal of infodemic management for COVID-19 is to understand the nature of the public conversation about the disease and the measures designed to protect against it. For this, robust social listening systems are needed that can accommodate diverse datasets that facilitate rapid integrated analysis to produce insights that can be rapidly acted on to improve the emergency response and immunization programme strategies. Infodemic interventions can include helping people discern between accurate vaccine information and misinformation, promoting peer-to-peer approaches to address questions and concerns, building resilience in the public by quickly pre-emptively debunking and refuting misinformation before it is amplified, leveraging networks of trusted messengers such as health care workers and community leaders, and partnering with factchecking and civil society organizations.

Strategic preparedness, readiness and response plan to end the global COVID-19 emergency in 2022, 30 March 2022, page 11. https://www.who.int/publications/i/item/WHO-WHE-SPP-2022.1

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COVID-19 vaccines have proven effective in stemming the spread of the Omicron variant of the virus despite initial doubts,

How so?....the daily numbers seem to follow the same pattern as most other countries.

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I thought long-covid had been debunked. Is there any actual data of its existence.

Long COVID it is a very frequently described problem and medical institutions of the world take it seriously, why would anybody think they are all wrong? maybe you are understanding the syndrome differently?

https://medicalxpress.com/news/2022-04-covid-patients.html

Waste of time. Boosted just as likely to catch Covid as unboosted and unvaxxed and severity of omicron same for all!

Experts and the scientific data that support their conclusions and recommendations says you are completely mistaken, what evidence do you have to contradict them?

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So, this is a booster after the other two jabs didn't prevent infection or transmission. Little wonder smart people are saying NO.

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If people were all behaving like before Covid, data would not show any evidence of effectiveness, but only in preventing heavy symptoms development

Even after almost a year and a half of vaccine availability, people still don't understand it........it has ALWAYS been about reducing the symptoms from mildly inconvenient to manageable. The Vaccine and it's boosters, mainly due to how coronavirusus live and mutate quickly, has never been about eradication of the disease. The flu vaccine, which I have never taken, is the same.....it reduces symptoms to manageable and for the small population of the world that is at risk from such respiratory diseases, it helps to stop them dying.

Long term side effects of what exactly? The mRNA delivery system is the exact same system that viruses themselves utilise to infect cells.....I can't see where you think "side effects" are going to come from.....This ISN'T a medicine. It's not a drug, a chemical compound that binds to a particular molecule stopping it from working......it's simply a training program for your immune system. It's your immune system that kills the virus, even after vaccination. It's not the vaccine circulating in your blood waiting to find covid-19 and kill it. It simply front-runs an infection by exposing your body to a highly distinguishable part of the virus, so that when your immune system DOES come into contact with the real virus, then it quickly recognises it and produces the necessary t-cells etc to kill the virus. This is all a vaccine does.....so in effect, for the vaccine to work, you HAVE to get infected....the difference being your immune system's chances of getting overwhelmed and you becoming severely sick is ridiculously decreased.

Believe it or not, this isn't rocket science. Any high school biology student understands this.....

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They cherry pick some data and try to say boosters are effective in stemming infections and outbreak? What world these idiots live in? Sure, it helps FOR A MONTH. A month after the booster, your protection against infection drops to 16% ! (CDC) So sure, short term you might see lower infection rates but in the long run, NO EFFECT.

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The results show that (the vaccine) can prevent infections in any age group

This has proven false many times over. The vaccines and booster do not prevent infection or spread. There is data to show they reduce symptoms. There is also data that shows most of the people dying in the UK from Covid today have been vaccinated. There is also data to show that younger people are the least affected by this virus and no one should not be guilted or pressured to take anything they don't want or need.

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The vast majority of people I know who got covid got it after having 2 or 3 shots. So my lying eyes would have me believe a different trend than the proposed "helps prevents infection" narrative that even this article claims.

That's said, those that did catch a case after receiving mRNA shots had very mild experiences. I also had a very mild experience too without any mRNA immune priming. Only a few lingering symptoms that went away after about a week. So my own reality must be so deceptive as to be an unreliable source of information to base my personal choices.

Or the "vaccine" might do little to nothing for most people with healthy immune systems. No, it couldn't be the case.

Guess it's best to just do what the news says.

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As with flu shots, if you want to be more immune to the Corona virus, then you're going to need boosters from time to time.

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I took the 3 shoots in a bid to protect my family (newborn and nursing wife who won't be taking the jabs for now) and the 3rd one got me a sore armpit for 3 days + a splitting headache I never felt before, now I'm not sure if I will take any jabs if they keep pushing us to take a new "booster" every half an year

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WeiWeiToday  09:17 am JST

They cherry pick some data and try to say boosters are effective in stemming infections and outbreak? What world these idiots live in? Sure, it helps FOR A MONTH. A month after the booster, your protection against infection drops to 16% ! (CDC) So sure, short term you might see lower infection rates but in the long run, NO EFFECT.

Nobody ever said vaccines completely protect anyone from COVID. NObody. Ever.

Give me some defence against COVID than no defence against COVIFD any day.

If we have to take boosters every month, so be it. Are you scared of needles or ..?

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But vaccination rates among younger people still remain low relative to the general population, with only 30.1 percent and 33.2 percent of those in their 20s and 30s, respectively, having received their booster shots.

There is a simple reason for this. They haven't reached the 7 months since their 2nd vaccine... my kids will take their booster shot on the 30th of this month watch the numbers jump from next week.

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Nobody can argue the vaccine makes you sick and Nobody can argue what the longterm after effects will be until years from now.

If you think getting sick makes you stay healthy then thats your prerogative.

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Keep pushing it, I'll keep refusing it.

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What I'd most like to know about the way anti-vaxers (of which there are many posting here today), why are you posting here or anywhere that the vaccines don't work? Why? What is the point? To stop taking the vaccine? I really don't get that way of thinking.

If you don't think the vaccine works, why not keep it to yourself in case you are wrong? Because you know, if you are wrong and your messages result in one person not getting a jab and that person dies from COVID, would you not at least feel a little responsible?

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letsberealisticToday  10:22 am JST

What I'd most like to know about the way anti-vaxers (of which there are many posting here today), why are you posting here or anywhere that the vaccines don't work? Why? What is the point? To stop taking the vaccine? I really don't get that way of thinking.

If you don't think the vaccine works, why not keep it to yourself in case you are wrong? Because you know, if you are wrong and your messages result in one person not getting a jab and that person dies from COVID, would you not at least feel a little responsible?

yes, and let the rest of us who to LIVE and make sure our friends and loved ones live too. If all you antivaxxers are going to be acting like divas, take it elsewhere. If you want to die that's your business. Don't go carrying CoVid to other people. Nobody has a right to be a Typhoid Mary.

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Keep jabbing. Keep people out of hospital. Prevent Long Covid.

Full expecting to have #4 Autumn/Winter.

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prionkingToday  10:39 am JST

Want to needlessly risk your kids' health with a vaccine that can damage their internal organs and potentially render them infertile, even though the virus carries an extremely low risk for them? Hope your decision doesn't;t come back to haunt you. And the vaccine doesn't prevent the virus from spreading, so you're not protecting the community, either.

What risk is there of children taking a vaccine? If you can provide a quote or stats from a reputable source (e.g. government, university, scientific research centre or scientific paper).

If you cannot do this, please refrain from posting comments that vaccines are dangerous to children - your comment is the danger and vaccines are perfectly safe for the vast majority of the population.

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theResidentToday  10:39 am JST

Keep jabbing. Keep people out of hospital. Prevent Long Covid.

Full expecting to have #4 Autumn/Winter.

Some older and vulnerable veterans at my local VA are getting #4 already. If it becomes available to the rest of us this autumn/winter I will get it. Nobody is being forced to but they are being very strict about how it's maintained. You can't bring non-vets in the clinic at all, except possibly dependents and I haven't seen much of them either.

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I see the covid deniers are strong here today.

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Nobody can argue the vaccine makes you sick and Nobody can argue what the longterm after effects will be until years from now.

> If you think getting sick makes you stay healthy then thats your prerogative

I can definitely argue as I have not gotten sick at all from my shots. I am willing to argue that most of the people worldwide who have died from COVID were not vaccinated.

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First shot had me with a sore arm for a day. Second one had feeling awful for two days and third one, just like the first, gave me nothing more than a sore arm.

Not planning on getting the 4th shot.

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just like the left, the right can be quite obsessed with certain issues totally unimportant to their lives, how an individual taking their own vaccine can harm you in any way? amusing :) sad :(

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The goalposts have been moved all the way from 'you won't catch covid, you're a viral dead-end' to 'help prevent long covid'. I could present a huge amount of early 2021 propaganda insisting the vaccine would prevent the spread. But it doesn't. The variants got weaker. It's also impressive that any criticism of this very particular health policy is brushed off as general 'anti-vax' or disinformation. The propaganda worked amazingly well on so many people. They now beg for censorship. A beautiful lie versus an uncomfortable truth.

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Spending time on JT is almost always a pleasurable experience on an intellectual level. 

Through the years, though, there appeared to be a growing tendency by some posters to hurl vindictives at fellow posters, whenever the topic of public health, in general, and COVID in particular, arose. Acid throwing in the name of politics and culture politics in nothing new in a public forum, as JT readers know and accept as part of the landscape. These, however, are intolerant in the name of Science, to a point that one usually associates with emotional politics. Some have even gone so far as to suggest that contrarian ideas are, in actually, killing innocent people.

What gives? After all, science had previously afforded curious people with a change to challenge old ideas with new ideas; an opportunity of ideas to flourish or perish, on their own merit, in a free open market of scientific inquiry and ideas. Not to be used as a bludgeon for suppression of ideas.

Considering that nearly every contentious COVID topic has some underlying social, economic and political ramifications, I guess that I shouldn’t have been surprised that science, and civil debate surrounding its processes and evolution, has fallen into the hands of pitchfork and torch mentality, in the hands of a few who demand purity of outcome, and readily display intolerance towards "dangerous" and "subversive" contrary viewpoints.

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That headline should read, eligible population. Those under 18 have not had three doses.

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AssToday  07:12 am JST

I'm not getting any more of these so called boosters for a long as I live.

Won't be long then!

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SkepticalToday  11:21 am JST

Spending time on JT is almost always a pleasurable experience on an intellectual level. 

Through the years, though, there appeared to be a growing tendency by some posters to hurl vindictives at fellow posters, whenever the topic of public health, in general, and COVID in particular, arose. Acid throwing in the name of politics and culture politics in nothing new in a public forum, as JT readers know and accept as part of the landscape. These, however, are intolerant in the name of Science, to a point that one usually associates with emotional politics. Some have even gone so far as to suggest that contrarian ideas are, in actually, killing innocent people.

What gives? After all, science had previously afforded curious people with a change to challenge old ideas with new ideas; an opportunity of ideas to flourish or perish, on their own merit, in a free open market of scientific inquiry and ideas. Not to be used as a bludgeon for suppression of ideas.

Considering that nearly every contentious COVID topic has some underlying social, economic and political ramifications, I guess that I shouldn’t have been surprised that science, and civil debate surrounding its processes and evolution, has fallen into the hands of pitchfork and torch mentality, in the hands of a few who demand purity of outcome, and readily display intolerance towards "dangerous" and "subversive" contrary viewpoints.

If you don't think anti-vaccination messages don't kill people, you are not bothering to check the facts. There are many cases of people believing conspiracy theories (not alternative science) and dying as a result.

Please be considerate of the potential risk your comments can have even if you have strong views against vaccines.

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Here is only one recent case reported this week on NPR of a woman dying from COVID after believing antitax conspiracies.

Search "NPR Their mom died of COVID. They say conspiracy theories are what really killed her"

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@ letsberealistic: Let the record reflect, that my comment was addressed to both sides.

Let all resolve to be civil and considerate of others. If persuasion is the goal, try effective rhetorical devices, debate methods, and embedded quotes from your favorite citations, along with refreshingly candid admissions of conflicting evidence or uncertainty in areas that have yet to be reconciled by the scientific community.

Not realistic, right? Back to the mud slinging, pitchforks and torch?

I tried.

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More and more, telling the truth on this site gets you censored.

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Thanks for the link. However I need a bit more convincing as I have read articles that long-covid is bascially describing already established types of symptoms people might get after any illness and is therefore not directly linked to the virus.

You are confused between something being directly linked and something being exclusively linked to a cause. hemorrhagic shock for example is a well known and dangerous syndrome with many causes like burns or serious cuts, that does not mean that gunshots are no longer dangerous also for this reason since they can produce death in this way but not exclusively.

If an infection that is easily transmissible and can be caught repeatedly causes the syndrome frequently that is a serious cause of concern, even if other much less frequent infections could also cause something similar.

This has proven false many times over. The vaccines and booster do not prevent infection or spread. 

No it has not, studies have proven vaccines and boosters reduce (prevent in the medical sense of the word) both infections and spreading even against variants against which it was not designed.

https://www.eurosurveillance.org/content/10.2807/1560-7917.ES.2021.26.44.2100977

The vast majority of people I know who got covid got it after having 2 or 3 shots. So my lying eyes would have me believe a different trend than the proposed "helps prevents infection" narrative that even this article claims.

How many hundreds of thousands of people do you know in this situation and how careful are your controls? personal unverifiable claims of limited subjects are not enough to prove data from thousands of patients that prove the efficacy of the vaccines, it makes no sense to reject much better evidence and settle for the lowest quality thing you can find.

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The goalposts have been moved all the way from 'you won't catch covid, you're a viral dead-end' to 'help prevent long covid'

Welcome to 2022, that is the predicted effect from variants and one of the reasons why it is so important to vaccinate also countries that struggle to have access to the vaccines. Pretending this was not discussed even before the vaccines were developed is completely invalid.

But the question is how many people die because of pro-vaccination messages?

In the long run, I believe many more deaths will result from the pro-vaccination messaging.

Well that is the thing, every single institution of science and medicine in the world says your personal beliefs are mistaken, and they have the data to show the risk is much higher for people not vaccinated than what comes from the vaccines. Making an appeal to authority (basing your argument in what you believe) is not valid without proof of that authority, much less if those that actually are experts on the topic contradicts that belief.

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Make an informed decision and not just give in to pressure, coercion and regulation.

https://indepthnh.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/COVID-Report-from-Rep.-Weyler-3.pdf

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