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Information on COVID-19 vaccinations

Information on COVID-19 Vaccinations

In Japan, approximately 9,060,000 people have been diagnosed with COVID-19, and over 31,000 people have died because of it as of June 13th, 2022. There have been reports of young people with no pre-existing conditions having their symptoms worsen and even dying because of COVID-19. There are many long-term risks associated with COVID-19. For example, approximately 20% of people who get infected with COVID-19 still suffered from tiredness and fatigue six months after they first started presenting symptoms, and approximately 10% suffered from a reduced sense of taste, headaches, difficulty thinking and concentrating, and/or hair loss.

Based on clinical trials before obtaining regulatory approval, the vaccine demonstrated a 95% efficacy rate at preventing COVID-19, and it is expected that it will be effective over 90% at preventing symptoms from worsening as well.

An efficiency to prevent infection, development and hospitalization against the Omicron variant is regarded lower than the Delta variant. However, it has been suggested that getting a third dose is effective for recovery. To keep preventing a spread of infection and worsening is effective to get the third vaccination.

Getting vaccinated reduces the burden of hospitals or clinics and leads not to infect to families or friends. To take preventative measures make us easier to continuing face-to-face classes.

The government has launched "Vaccine and Testing Package" system to ease movement restrictions on "having meals" "events" and "travel" to confirm your vaccination status or negative test results. You will be required these at various facilities. ( It is valid within 72 hours for PCR test, within 24 hours for quantitative antigen test. There is no public support for inspection costs.)

Regarding possible side effects of the vaccine, pain in the area they were vaccinated, tiredness, and/or headaches were observed in over 50% of recipients, and muscle and joint pains, chills, diarrhea, and/or fevers were observed in over 10% of patients. The majority of these symptoms disappeared after a few days, but rare cases of anaphylaxis (an acute allergic reaction) have also been observed.

Swollen lymph nodes and other symptoms are more likely to occur with the third dose than the first and second dose, while myocarditis tends to be lower with the third dose.

Deciding whether to get vaccinated or not is a personal choice. It is by no means compulsory, so please inform yourself about the benefits and side effects of the vaccine and discuss it with your family before deciding whether or not to get vaccinated.

As of June 14, 2022, 80.7% of the nation's population had completed the second dose of vaccination, and 60.6% had completed the third dose.

*Data from the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare

How to Get Vaccinated

*The third vaccination by university arrangement was completed in June, 2022.

There are two ways to get vaccinated for international students of KUT.

1. To get vaccinated by university arrangement

2. Take advantage of a group/individual vaccination clinic provided by a municipality like Kami city or Kochi city

If you wish to get vaccinated, when the time you take and the type of vaccine will differ depending on which you choose 1 or 2.

Booster shots (third dose) should be taken six months after you have gotten vaccinated the second dose and you can mix-and-match vaccines for booster shots.

In case you have gotten vaccinated in your country, please consult with IRC.

1. Getting vaccinated by university arrangement

KUT arranged and completed the third vaccination for students hosted by Kochi University in June, 2022.

2. Taking advantage of a group/individual vaccination clinic provided by a municipality where you are registered like Kami city or Kochi city

Please refer to the followings.

■Kami citizens

https://www.city.kami.lg.jp/soshiki/79/coronasessyu-web.html

■Kochi citizens

https://www.city.kochi.kochi.jp/site/covid19vac/covid19vac-senior-202106.html

Related Sites

Information of COVID-19 vaccination translated into multiple languages is accessible from the website of Ministry of Health Labour and Welfare.

Please visit the link below.
https://www.mhlw.go.jp/stf/seisakunitsuite/bunya/vaccine_tagengo.html

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