Thursday, March 11, 2021

Die from the Vaccine in Japan, Your Family Gets over 44 Million Yen

I hear about vaccine hesitancy all over, but many people in Japan seem especially afraid of possible "side effects." Japanese people seem to be hesitant about all types of vaccines - flu, measles, and now the Covid-19 vaccine. Japan just began vaccinating medical staff on February 17th because Japan requires additional testing of vaccines before approval.

Most of my students say maybe they will get vaccinated, but they want to wait to see what happens to other people first. They all tell me that Japanese people react differently to medicines than other people. This is a mystery to me that they haven't been able to explain. According to my students, it's not all Asian people who react differently, it is just Japanese people. I asked if it had to do with body weight or low amount of body fat, but they don't know. I don't know if this is something true or just a perception, but they all have this perception.  

Anyway, the Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare will award a lump sum of 44,200,000 yen to the surviving family of any person who dies as a result of the Covid-19 vaccine and cover funeral costs up to 209,000 yen in addtion, no strings attached.  It doesn't matter if it was negligence on the part of the vaccine producer or medical staff. This long standing policy of the ministry covers any type of vaccination in Japan, not just the new covid vaccine. I don't know if it has ever been paid in cases with flu or other vaccines. Maybe it helps convince people to take the vaccine since the government is so sure it is safe that it will pay if there is a problem.  What do you think?  Would the government's offer to pay if you die convince you to take the vaccine, if you were otherwise hesitant to do so?


Jeanie said...

Wow. That's a generous offer. I suppose it might change my mind if it was on the fence, the "let's see what happens" timeline. I sure hope people come around. I would think non-compliance would affect Olympic attendance, assuming that it is still held. I heard they might not allow audiences to events but still -- that could be a good tourist time for the economy. I sure know I wouldn't venture into a country where a significant portion of the people weren't vaccinated.

diamondc said...

Hi Pamela: That is a very interesting thought on the covid vaccine, I am not getting it, I am afraid of the long and short term effects, my niece who went to school for biology says to wait a few years I agree.
There are many who have Religious beliefs that they will not take the vaccine.
I have a friend who has no underlying health issues, she and her husband took the vaccine shot and are having problems, she took the shot three weeks ago and does not have much use of her arm, very scary to me.
I am willing to wait.
But hey that is who I am, not saying others should not take the vaccine.
I hope you are having a wonderful day.


Lin said...

Thats interesting - a sort of bribe! Well I am always happy to have any vaccine going so it wouldnt make me any more liable to have it but I suppose it might convince some people. xx

kiwikid said...

Offering that money would make me wonder if there was something wrong with the vaccine.

Leonore Winterer said...

Japanese people react differently to medicine? Sounds like superstition to me, but I really don't know.
I like that compensation program though, I think the government being this sure that the vaccines are safe would make me more confident if I had any doubts!