FactCheck.org spoke to Hitoshi Hatta, spokesperson for the Japanese Embassy in Washington D.C, who said people were only restricted from donating blood within 48 hours after vaccination for Covid-19. This, he said, was to give time to recover from any vaccine side-effects.
Mr Hatta added the delay was not related to the safety of the Covid-19 vaccine. At the moment the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is the only vaccine currently authorised for use in Japan.
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because Japanese citizens must only wait 48 hours before they can give blood again after they’ve had their vaccine.