(LONDON) #Coronavirus Report: Faith in #COVID19 vaccines is highest in the UK, with nearly nine in 10 saying they trust the jabs, a survey of people in 15 countries suggests with Japan the lowest #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – June.04: Israel, where 83% expressed faith in vaccines, came next. Japan reported the lowest levels of trust at 47%.

#CoronavirusNewsDesk – UK ‘most trusting’ country on #COVID19 vaccines with only 47% trusting Japan according to Imperial College London team, who have tracked people’s attitudes to the vaccinations since November, say overall trust has climbed.

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But they say there is still work to be done to boost confidence in vaccines:

The survey, in collaboration with YouGov, involved more than 68,000 people. 

Safety concerns

It found – in countries where vaccines were not yet widely available – the most common reason for not having a jab was not being eligible for one. 

The UK and Israel are among the nations which have administered the highest number of vaccine doses to date. 

In the UK, where 87% of survey respondents reported they had faith in the jab, more than half of all adults have now had both doses of a coronavirus vaccine.

In contrast, Japan’s vaccination drive started late and was hampered by supply shortages and organisational hurdles.

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Travel to Japan is subject to entry restrictions

  • New entry to Japan by foreign nationals from the majority of countries, including the UK, is currently not permitted. Foreign residents of Japan returning to Japan may re-enter, unless they have visited these countries within the past 14 days
  • All those entering Japan currently need to provide written evidence of a negative COVID-19 test conducted within the 72 hours before your flight departure time. Arrivals from most countries will further be required to undergo a COVID-19 test on arrival and to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival at a designated location (such as a hotel or your own home) even if the test result is negative. If you are coming from the UK, from 7 June you will also be required to spend the first 6 days of that in self-isolation in a government-provided hotel, with further COVID-19 tests on the third and sixth days. All arrivals are also asked to sign a pledge to abide by quarantine rules, with penalties for those who fail to comply with its requirements
  • Japan’s visa waiver system for anyone travelling on a British passport remains suspended

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330,000 British nationals visited Japan in 2018. Most visits are trouble free.

Follow the British Embassy Tokyo on Facebook and Twitter for updates and more information about Japan.

There’s a continuous risk of earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis throughout Japan. Latest warnings and advisories are published on the Japan Meteorological Agency website. See Natural disasters

On 21 April 2018, North Korea announced a halt to nuclear and intercontinental ballistic missile testing. However, the level of tension on the Korean peninsula can change with little notice, and there is a risk of a further increase in regional tensions which may affect Japan. You should keep in touch with news broadcasts, follow the advice of the local authorities (Cabinet Secretariat Civil Protection Portal Site) and keep up to date with this travel advice.

For updates on political events on the Korean peninsula which could affect travellers to Japan, you should read FCDO travel advice for South Korea.

The Japanese authorities continue to maintain some exclusion zones around the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear facility. Travel through these zones on some designated trunk roads is allowed. Follow local signs and instructions while travelling in this area. See Fukushima

Although there’s no recent history of terrorism in Japan, attacks can not be ruled out. See Terrorism

To contact the emergency services call 110 (police) or 119 (fire and ambulance). Calls are free of charge from any phone, including pay phones.

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.

Other concerns highlighted in the survey revolved around potential side-effects and safety. 

It also suggests confidence in health authorities varied:

  • People in the UK had the highest level of confidence that health authorities would provide them with an effective vaccine, at 70%
  • In South Korea, the figure was 42% 

Sarah Jones, one of the project leaders at Imperial College London, said she was encouraged that trust was increasing. 

“However, our findings show that there is still much work to be done to reassure the public of the safety and effectiveness of coronavirus vaccines,” she said.

“We hope that sharing the concerns people have raised will spur timely and targeted responses from governments that will inform and educate the public about the importance of vaccination.”

Melanie Leis, who co-led the project, said: “From our data we can see that people trust different Covid-19 vaccines to different extents.

“This is an opportunity for leaders to respond and help boost confidence in all approved vaccine brands, enabling vaccination programmes to reach more people and more effectively curb the pandemic.”

#AceHealthDesk report ….Published: Jun.04: 2021:

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