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Why have there been zero compensation payouts for deaths from Covid vaccines despite 1,200 claims in Britain?

Families of people who died or suffered severe reactions to Covid-19 vaccines in Britain have complained that they are being ignored, as figures show that zero compensation payments have been made despite hundreds of claims. 

This mirrors the experience of those injured by Covid-19 vaccines in the U.S., while in Ireland no system has even been set up to assist people harmed by the jabs.

More than 1,200 claims have been made to the British government’s Vaccines Damages Payment Scheme (VDPS)  after death or injury but no compensation has yet been paid out, the Independent reveals.

The paper reported that some applicants seeking compensation have been waiting nearly a year for payment, despite having medical certificates confirming that the death of their loved ones was caused by a Covid-19 vaccine.

The VDPS entitles applicants who can show death or serious injury  was caused by a vaccine to compensation of up to £120,000 – yet the government has paid nothing out to date, even though it claimed that the average case should only take 6  months to investigate and process.

But to date, the British government is yet to pay out any form of compensation for affected individuals. This sort of foot-dragging seems very odd.

It does mirror what an investigator for the British Medical Journal found when she looked at the system specifically set up to deal with injury claims from recipients of the Covid-19 vaccine, however.

An investigation by Maryanne Demasi for the British Medical Journal has found that “America’s system for covid vaccine injury claims is costly, opaque, and yet to issue a single payout”.

The commissioned investigation also found that the system set up to deal with Covid-19 vaccine injuries forced patients to provide a higher burden of proof than with previous vaccine injuries, and the lack of transparency in the system was described by one law professor at George as “frightening”.

Demasi spoke to  to one woman injured by the vaccine who said she felt like “collateral damage” in the fight against Covid.

Similarly, the Independent interviewed Vikki Spit, who said her partner Zion had died after a severe reaction to the AstraZeneca vaccine. She said that “she and other affected families waiting for support had been “ignored entirely”, ridiculed and called liars”, the paper reported.

These are serious findings. An almost unprecedented government effort pushed hard for a maximum Covid-19 vaccine take-up. For most people, side effects have been mild and passing, and the European Medicines Agency points out that the approved vaccines are safe. But authorities also acknowledge that there can be rare side effects: blood clots with the AstraZeneca vaccine, myocarditis or heart inflammation with Pfizer and Moderna.

Incredibly, in Ireland, no such injury claims system even exists, with our Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly, recently telling the Dáil that there are “no plans at present for the introduction in Ireland of a COVID-19 specific vaccine compensation scheme”.

One Irish law firm bringing compensation claims over Covid-19 vaccine injuries has previously called for a specific statutory system to be set up to deal with such claims. Liam Moloney, a partner at Moloney & Co Solicitors, says a number of people have contacted his firm to say they fell seriously ill following vaccination. Mr Moloney said such a scheme would avoid people with “extremely rare” injuries having to “run the risk of very uncertain litigation”.

In addition, Michael Boylan, founding partner at Michael Boylan Litigation Firm in Dublin, told The Times that a compensation scheme “has been promised for decades and I think the government should honour their long promise”. He said his firm had received around 30 inquiries from people who said they had suffered “serious adverse consequences” as a result of Covid-19 vaccination.

Why are people who have suffered serious injury from Covid-19 vaccines – and the families of those who have died from the same – being treated so shabbily? Vikki Spit, waiting for justice for her dead partner, said ‘she had been accused of jumping on the anti-vax campaign’ despite the fact that “Zion did the right thing and now he and the others are being swept under the rug, not discussed.”

Sarah Moore, a lawyer representing 95 families seeking claims, told the Independent that her clients felt “silenced and ignored” – and she added that they felt “they cannot speak about vaccine-linked injuries as to do so risks accusations of being anti-vax”.

Might that be the reason for the reluctance to engage and compensate families? That the inevitable reporting on these deaths and injuries might drive vaccine-resistant or vaccine-cautious attitudes? If so, that is deplorable.

Ms Moore pointed out that: “The government’s Vaccine Damage Payment Scheme was created to acknowledge the losses suffered by families affected and provide some financial support.”

“Yet, a year on from their initial applications, none of the families with whom we are working have received any VDPS payments. Instead, they remain embattled with the VDPS, whilst also coming to terms with grief and in some cases new caring responsibilities.”

No-one should feel they are “embattled” with the state after being injured by a vaccine, which might be mostly safe, but has also, in rare circumstances, caused harm and even death.

It is not the business of the government – in this country or elsewhere – to put controlling the narrative ahead of the well being of its citizens.

The rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine was a huge undertaking in Ireland and across the world. People were urged to get vaccinated as soon as possible and told the vaccine was safe. In most cases that was true, but those who were seriously injured – and the families of those who died – as a consequence of taking a Covid-19 vaccine should not find themselves seen as ‘collateral damage’ or be forced to battle the state. They should be compensated and they should be listened to.

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