Thousands of patients who have been injured by COVID vaccines will find it extremely difficult to get compensated by the government. Action Alert!
Tens of thousands of Americans—and potentially many, many more—are being injured by COVID vaccines. But the federal program to compensate these victims, the Countermeasures Injury Compensation Program (CICP), sets an extremely high bar for compensating claims, and is even more restrictive than the notoriously grueling process in the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP). This is important information to consider when making the decision about COVID-19 vaccination.
According to the CDC, 34.7 million Americans have received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and 11.2 million have received both doses. To date, 12,639 adverse events have been reported to the CDC; we also know that Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare estimated that fewer than 1 percent of vaccine injuries actually get reported, meaning there could be more than 1 million injuries. Among the CDC’s numbers are 934 reports of deaths after COVID vaccination, two reports of brain death, 67 reports of cardiac arrest, 145 reports of facial paralysis, 136 reports of anaphylactic reactions, 107 reports of influenza like illness, and many, many more.
For most routine vaccinations, those who are injured would go through the “vaccine court.” This is a process set up as part of the federal government’s policy to shield vaccine makers from legal liability. This court has paid out more than $4 billion to 7,500 families since 1989, and has many critics which say that it is extremely difficult to win cases and government attorneys quibble over minor sums (for example, government representatives argued that $150 a year was too much to spend on wheelchair maintenance).
CICP, on the other hand, has compensated 29 people for $6 million (out of 508 filings) since the program’s inception in 2010. CICP was set up by the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act to cover injuries by “countermeasures” such as the COVID-19 vaccines that are used during a public health emergency.
CICP only rewards claims for “serious injuries,” defined as injuries that warranted hospitalization or that led to a significant loss of function or disability. Claims must also be filed within one year of vaccination, with no exceptions. CICP does not award money for pain and suffering, and the program only awards a portion of lost wages from a COVID vaccine injury. Reimbursement for attorneys’ fees is also unavailable. In short, the process is lengthy, difficult, and expensive.
Keep in mind that this hurts disadvantaged communities the most; racial and ethnic minorities are twice as likely to die from COVID-19 as white people. The government is making it difficult, if not impossible, for lower income communities and communities of color to be compensated for a COVID-19 vaccine injury. This is completely unacceptable.
This underscores the urgent need for full transparency on the COVID vaccines and the data underlying their emergency approval, so Americans can make informed choices with regard to vaccination.
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