South Korea, one of the world’s most vaccinated countries, is experiencing an increase in public opposition to the Covid-19 vaccine, with activists seeking accountability for deaths they blame on the vaccinations.
After a similar event in Seoul on Christmas Day, protesters gathered in Busan on Sunday. Furious demonstrators carried big photos of deceased family members – similar to those seen at funerals in South Korea – and testified on how their loved ones died shortly after receiving the Covid-19 vaccine.
At Saturday’s protest at Seoul’s government building, dozens of funeral portraits were on exhibit. Protesters demanded that the government investigate the causes of adverse responses and admit that vaccines are to blame.
More than 1,000 South Koreans died immediately after getting Covid-19 vaccines, but just a few cases have been linked to vaccines, according to the government. In August, a nursing assistant was recognized as a victim of an industrial accident and received government benefits after suffering paralysis as a result of receiving AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 shots, in one of the few cases when a major adverse response was acknowledged.
South Korea’s Disease Control and Prevention Agency recorded seven deaths and 24 major adverse reactions after receiving AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccinations just one week after their introduction in late February and early March. In August, the authorities reportedly launched an investigation when a teenager with no underlying medical issues died after receiving the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccination.