Since the third declaration of the state of emergency was lifted, Toho University has been promoting on-site vaccination on campus, with the aim of resuming safe and secure education and research activities. In order to fulfill our social mission and responsibility as a comprehensive university of natural sciences, we are considering and implementing vaccinations not only for students and staff, but also for those who are planning to study abroad, and those belonging to educational institutions and companies near our campus.
On the other hand, the new coronavirus is thought to be mutating at a rate of about one every two weeks. Mutant strains that are more contagious than conventional strains and pose a higher risk of serious illness regardless of age have been spreading in the Tokyo metropolitan area, and we need to be more vigilant against new mutant strains. In particular, the infection rate among young people in their twenties and thirties has been on the rise, and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government has once again declared a state of emergency due to the unstoppable increase in the number of newly infected people.
Therefore, Toho University has decided to review the COVID-19 guideline again and make the following changes in order to prioritize the safety of our students, faculty and staff, and to ensure that the burden on medical institutions will not increase. For details, please be sure to check the Guidelines for COVID-19 infection prevention measures at Toho University (effective from July 12, 2021)
The effectiveness of the vaccination has been evaluated and analyzed, and some studies have shown that after two doses, vaccination is also effective against mutated strains. However, it takes about one to two weeks for immunity to be developed, and even after immunity is developed, the effectiveness in preventing the onset of the disease is not 100%. Furthermore, it is not yet clear to what extent the vaccine can prevent the spread of the disease from one person to another.
Again, regardless of whether you have been vaccinated or not, we ask that you continue to practice preventive measures to prevent infection, such as avoiding being a crowded or closed places, wearing proper face masks, and encouraging hand washing with soap and hand sanitizer. This will not only reduce your own risk of being infected, but also reduce the risk of infecting your family and friends, which in turn will save many lives in society.
We would like to thank you once again for your cooperation and ask for your further understanding and cooperation to ensure a safe and secure student life on and off campus.
If you have any other questions, please use the “Student Consultation Service for New Coronavirus Infections ” that has been set up at the university.