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?