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COVID-19 Vaccine Injuries: How To Get Compensation For the Damage

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Pregnant Woman In Face Mask Getting Vaccinated in Clinic. (Photo: TIME Magazine)

If COVID-19 vaccination injures you or anyone you know, you may be eligible for legal compensation. However, when compared to other vaccinations, the method is unique and often restricted. The COVID-19 vaccine damage compensation procedure, which includes the Countermeasures Injury Compensation Program (CICP) rather than the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP), is detailed below.

$246.9 Million in Non-COVID-Vaccine-Related Claims (fy2021)

The US government paid $246.9 million in claims for vaccine-related injuries and deaths in the fiscal year 2021, HRSA said. They did not include COVID-19 vaccinations in any of the payouts.

A special COVID-19 vaccination fund established by the federal government might pay up to $379,000 to any individual who suffered “provable” damage due to a COVID-19 vaccine. The death benefit may be as much as $370,376.

According to a study by, the federal government did not pay a dime for COVID vaccination claims. The Countermeasures Injury Compensation Program is a dedicated fund for these claims (CICP).

According to current reports by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), there were only 1,357 claims made alleging “injuries/fatalities from the COVID vaccinations,” with 53 reported as deaths.

The Vaccine Adverse Reporting System (VAERS), on the other hand, shows 16,310 fatalities linked to COVID-19 vaccinations. More than 5,300 of the injuries happened on days 0, 1, or 2 after immunization.

The low number of persons who apply to the CICP fund for injuries or death caused by the COVID vaccination implies that many people are unaware of the fund’s existence.

Congressional Research Service (via HRSA) said the “normal” vaccine fund, the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP), has been in place since 1988. The agency provides compensation for injuries or deaths related to most vaccines routinely administered in the United States (such as pediatric and seasonal influenza vaccines).

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How to Get COVID-19 Injury Funds

Since 2010, the CICP has paid out $6 million in compensation to 29 claimants. Except for one, all paid claims were linked to the H1N1 vaccination used during the 2009-2010 swine flu pandemic. The vaccine for smallpox was one of the claims.

Miami Herald said officials reimbursed no one for any of the 3,158 COVID-19 countermeasure claims, including 1,357 that included vaccinations. Purported ailments or fatalities linked to COVID-19 vaccinations or other countermeasures include:

  • Appendicitis;
  • Armpit edema;
  • Bell’s Palsy;
  • Blood clots;
  • Fever;
  • Guillain-Barré syndrome;
  • Hearing loss; 
  • Heart palpitations;
  • Myocarditis;
  • Rashes;
  • Seizure; and
  • Shoulder injury;

Some of the reported injuries and fatalities were linked to controversial drugs like Ivermectin and Hydroxychloroquine. You must request CICP compensation within one year of the day you receive the countermeasure. Medical records “and other documentation to demonstrate eligibility” may be required.

Members of the CICP make the decisions. It’s unclear when or if coronavirus vaccinations will become a yearly vaccine like the flu shot. Still, Congressional Research Service analysts believe the injections might be added to the excise tax list. The CDC could ultimately recommend them for regular delivery. COVID-19 vaccinations, which are covered under the VCIP, are one example of such activities.

It’s also likely that Congress may create a separate program to compensate those who have been injured or died as a result of the COVID-19 vaccination.

Difference of Injury Funds

Forbes shared some details about COVID-19 vaccine-injury funds. These include:

Officials will only give affected children small sums of money.

HRSA said only “reasonable medical expenditures” would be paid to a COVID-19 vaccine-injured kid. There is no further recompense since the child survived and is unemployed.

There are no legal expenses

Attorneys’ fees are not eligible for reimbursement from the COVID-19 fund, HRSA added. As a result, attorneys are less motivated to represent claimants. The CICP fund hasn’t paid out a penny in Covid vaccination claims, to be sure. 

The time to submit a claim is limited

The COVID-19 fund has a one-year claim window, whereas the standard vaccination fund has a three-year claim window.

As of October 1, 2021, HHS said the CICP had not reimbursed any COVID-19 countermeasures claims.

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