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Thankfully many European Vaccination programmes continue at pace and we are all looking forward to the day when restrictions are fully lifted and International travel has resumed.
Liam Moloney PEOPIL Covid Litigation Group Co-Chair said today “however, while vaccines are safe and will allow us to resume normal life there can be very rare adverse reactions to them. This is why many countries have established Vaccine injury compensation schemes. These are generally no-fault schemes to compensate individuals who suffer very rare vaccine related injuries. PEOPIL urges all European Countries to establish fair and effective no fault vaccine compensation schemes “.
Very Rare serious adverse vaccine reactions can be Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Transverse Myeltis, Brachial Neuritis, SIRVA (Shoulder injury resulting from Vaccine Administration), Encephalitis, Multiple Sclerosis and Arthritis”.
European countries that already have vaccine injury compensation schemes are Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Luxemburg, Norway, Russia, Latvia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Poland and Spain are currently considering introducing a scheme for the very small minority of people who sustain serious health complications after vaccinations.
Liam Moloney continued “Vaccine Compensation Schemes encourage public confidence in vaccines and help reduce vaccine hesitancy. They also reduce the risk of costly, protracted and uncertain litigation for injured victims, vaccine manufacturers and the medical profession”.
Types of compensation in the European schemes vary between lump-sum payments, monetary redress based on medical care costs, loss of earnings, monetary compensation based on non-monetary criteria such as pain and suffering and mental distress.
Eligibility for compensation under schemes vary considerably across European countries with some countries requiring more strict criteria to be met than others. For example, in England the Vaccine Damage Payments Act 1979 provides for a single, tax free payment of £120,000 to anyone who has suffered severe mental and or physical disablement because of a vaccination against one or more specified diseases. The scheme was recently amended so that from the 31st of December 2020 it includes Coronavirus vaccinations. The criteria is at least a 60% disablement.