Earlier this year, the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) began the process to modify the vaccine injury table that will effectively eliminate compensation for individuals with certain vaccine injuries.
The proposed rule can be viewed here.
The proposed rule change would stop the automatic addition of COVID-19 vaccines to the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP). It also eliminates coverage for vaccine injuries to shoulders (SIRVA) and injuries caused by losing consciousness after a vaccination (syncope) that are currently part of the vaccine injury table.
Who supports this change and why is HHS doing this in the middle of a pandemic? HHS won’t say.
How You Can Help
Even if you have not been injured by a vaccine, you can let your voice be heard by submitting an online comment on this proposed rule here.
To be most effective, please be respectful, use plain English (avoid legalese) and include:
- Your city or region and state.
- Discuss why you chose to be vaccinated.
- Tell your story: Describe how your adverse reaction changed you and your family’s lives.
- The importance of compensation: Explain why monetary compensation is crucial to someone after a severe vaccine injury.
The deadline for comments to be accepted is January 12, 2021, so please do not delay.
Ramon Rodriguez and Elizabeth Muldowney are members of Sands Anderson’s Vaccine Injury Legal Team and represent individuals and families who have developed injuries related to vaccines.