On April 1, vaccinations against cervical cancer began being administered on a regular basis free of charge. But a series of reports have surfaced suggesting that the vaccinations have caused side effects.

Parents of children who are said to have suffered serious health damage have formed an association and called on the government to immediately stop the vaccinations. Usually junior high school first-grade girl students receive the vaccinations; they have to go through three rounds of vaccinations.

The health and welfare ministry should immediately carry out a thorough study of the health damage allegations. If the health risks from the vaccinations appear to exceed the benefits promised, the government should stop the vaccinations. Otherwise, it should fully explain both the benefits and any possible damage from the vaccinations to help people make decisions.