Some 920 applications have been filed in the United Kingdom for compensation related to injuries and deaths of people following COVID-19 vaccinations. Those applications are for financial payouts under the U.K. National Health Service’s (NHS) Vaccine Damage Payment Scheme (VDPS), which allows an individual who has allegedly been left severely disabled by a vaccine to claim a tax-free “Vaccine Damage Payment” of £120,000 (just over $158,500).1 2 3 4 5
The VDPS also allows someone to claim a Vaccine Damage Payment of £120,000 on behalf of someone who has died after becoming severely disabled after receiving certain vaccinations. A payment under the VDPS does not preclude someone from taking legal action in a court of law for additional compensation for damages due to a vaccine.4 5 To qualify for a Vaccine Damage Payment, an applicant must have been left at least 60 percent disabled as a result of a vaccination.1
According to a spokesperson for the U.K. government:
The VDPS provides additional support to help ease the burden on individuals who have, in extremely rare circumstances, been severely disabled due to receiving a government-recommended vaccine.3
Vaccine Injury Compensation Programs Suggest Shots are Not Without Risk
Among the harmful effects linked to COVID shots are blood clotting, nervous-system disorders such as polio-like Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) and cardiac problems such as myocarditis (heart inflammation).6
While such debilitating conditions are said to be rare, the U.K. government is reportedly in the “very early stages of applying existing vaccine-injury programs to hundreds of claims of injury alleged from COVID-19 shots.”6
One of the victims of vaccine injury in the U.K. was 45-year-old Nicola Weideling, who died last year from bleeding in the brain after receiving AstraZeneca/Oxford University’s experimental AZD1222 (also known as “Vaxzevria”) vaccine. “The problems are extremely rare,” said Weideling’s husband. “That doesn’t make people any less dead.”6 7
It is unclear, however, what “rare” actually means when it comes to vaccine-related injuries and deaths for both COVID shots and vaccines in general. A recent article in The Wall Street Journal noted:
Researchers and public-health experts say it is difficult to measure global rates of rare adverse reactions to vaccines, especially in developing countries where monitoring is lacking. It is also harder to determine links between a vaccine and injury during a pandemic rampant with Covid-19 illness and untreated pre-existing conditions like heart disease.6
No Vaccine Damage Payments Made Yet for COVID Shots
Although no VDPS Vaccine Damage Payments associated with COVID shots have been made yet by the U.K. government, the total amount of payouts would equal £110.4 million (about $146 million) were all 920 applications for compensation to be approved.1 2 3
Attorney Peter Todd of the law firm Scott-Moncrieff & Associates in London said that the high number of COVID vaccinations has caused there to be a surge in VDPS claims. Applications for VDPS compensation usually average around 100 per year. Since 1979, the VDPA has paid out a total of £75.35 million, but the system reportedly has not reviewed a Vaccine Damage Payment of £120,000 since 2007.1 2 3
VDPS claims have been growing by about 20 per week. The U.K. government projects that it will receive between 1,500 and 1,800 new VDPS claims this year.6
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1 Dennett K. Covid vaccine claims could hit £110m: Up to 920 compensation applications have been filed by people who were left seriously injured after getting jab or from families of those who died. Daily Mail Feb. 27, 2022.
2 Evans M. Almost 1,000 people seek compensation over ‘severe disability from Covid vaccine’. The Telegraph Feb. 27, 2022.
3 Siddle J. Over 500 people seek compensation for problems caused by Covid vaccines. Coventry Telegraph Feb. 27, 2022.
4 Government of the United Kingdom. Vaccine Damage Payment.
5 National Health Service. Vaccine Damage Payment Scheme.
6 Strasburg J. Covid-19 Vaccines Were Deadly in Rare Cases. Governments Are Now Weighing Compensation. The Wall Street Journal Feb. 19, 2022.
7 BBC News. Kurt Weideling’s wife Nicola died after the vaccine. July 15, 2021.