Parents’ unions in South Korea are protesting the demand that students receive the Covid-19 vaccination

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Several parent organizations in South Korea protested against a vaccination pass rule for children to prevent the spread of Covid-19 among teens on Thursday (Dec 9). From February, everyone aged 12 or older will be required to present a vaccination permit to enter public areas, including private tuition centers, libraries, and study cafés, frequented by most students after school. The current exemption age is 17 years old.
However, the compulsion has prompted outrage among some parents who refuse to vaccinate their children, citing potential adverse effects and instances of vaccine-related diseases as reasons.
On Thursday, at least 70 parents’ groups gathered in front of the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency building in Cheongju city, waving placards reading “Vaccine Dictatorship.” Another activist organization ran a survey last week and found that 93% of the more than 18,000 parents who replied opposed implementing the vaccination pass demand on pupils.
According to health professionals, vaccines protect against severe symptoms, and the rate of unfavorable side effects recorded by teens is lower than that of adults.
Infections among teens in South Korea have risen dramatically after returning full-time in-person studies in November, prompting the expanded vaccination pass obligation. Over the last four weeks, 210 illnesses have been documented among 100,000 youngsters, whereas just 167 adults have tested positive. According to government data, the number of new infections each day increased to over 7,000 for the first time this week.

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