The Vaccine Damage Payment Scheme (VDPS) was established under the Vaccine Damage Payments Act 1979.
It provides a one-off, tax-free, lump sum payment of £120,000, that comes out of public funds and is accessible to people over the age of 2 years who are (or were, immediately before their death) ‘severely disabled’ as a result of vaccinations against specific diseases, including measles, tetanus and swine flu. You can find the full list of diseases covered under the VDPS on GOV.UK.
This includes those who might be suffering from the side effects of the coronavirus COVID-19 vaccine. According to official data released by the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA), the body that handles the VDPS, as of 10 January 2023 the UK government has paid out around £4 million in COVID-19 vaccine damages.
The data showed that by December 2022, only 31 people had successfully made claims for being severely disabled by a COVID-19 jab, or on behalf of someone who died from the vaccine, despite the service receiving over 3,393 claims in that time frame.
As has been emphasised by successive governments, the NHSBSA has reaffirmed that this is not a compensation scheme but is instead intended to ‘ease the present and future burdens of those suffering from severe vaccine damage, and their families’.
According to the Authority, the average claim takes around six months to process from the date a claimant’s medical records are requested, because of the volume of information required.
What is the process?
Once your claim has been submitted, it will be reviewed by an independent, third-party medical assessor, with each submission considered on a case-by-case basis.
The NHSBSA stressed that: “We have to follow due process when progressing claims to ensure they are assessed in a fair and consistent way. As part of this process we must ensure that decisions are made based on all the evidence available.
“This requires gaining access to people’s medical notes and previous medical history, so that the assessor can, having looked at all the evidence, determine whether there is a causal link and level of disability in each individual claim.”
The assessor will consider your medical records along with all available scientific evidence and will decide if you are due a Vaccine Damage Payment based on whether:
- the vaccine, on the balance of probabilities, caused the disability
- the level of disability is severe.
‘Severely disabled’ is classified as someone who is at least 60 per cent disabled, a diagnosis which will be determined based on medical evidence from the doctors or hospitals involved in your treatment.
. This could be a:
- physical disability
- mental disability
- a mix of physical and mental disability.
Vaccine Damage Payments are not a compensation scheme and you can still take legal action to claim compensation, even if you do receive a Vaccine Damage Payment.
The COVID-19 pandemic was a stressful and distressing time for many and suffering from the side effects of a jab on top of this, can have a significant physical and emotional impact on the quality of you and your loved ones’ lives.
If you feel like your health has been adversely affected by the COVID-19 vaccine, contact our expert Clinical Negligence team who will be more than happy to discuss the matter further.
To find out if you qualify for a one-off payment of £120,000 from the Vaccine Damage Payment Scheme, contact us for your free consultation today.
At RHL Solicitors, we understand that no one would wish to begin the long and emotional journey of claiming damages against the medical profession without good cause.
However, it’s crucial to ensure you get the expert legal advice and support you need.
RHL Solicitors will have no delays or waiting times in advising you on your situation and will be quick to get you the support and care you deserve.