Vaccine-injured Canadians have received $11.2 million in compensation for COVID jabs

The Vaccine Injury Support Program (VISP) has accepted 1,825 of 2,233 claims for processing as of December 1, 2023. Of those claims, the Medical Review Board approved 138 for compensation, totalling $11,236,314.

Vaccine-injured Canadians have received $11.2 million in compensation for COVID jabs
THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
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Vaccine injured Canadians have been compensated more than $11 million after suffering adverse reactions from the COVID jab.

The Vaccine Injury Support Program (VISP) processes claims in which "the injury is serious and permanent or has resulted in death," it said. They accepted 1,825 of 2,233 claims for processing as of December 1, 2023.

VISP defines a serious or permanent injury as "a severe, life-threatening, or life-altering injury that may require in-person hospitalization or a prolongation of existing hospitalization, resulting in persistent or significant disability or incapacity, or where the outcome is a congenital malformation or death."

It began accepting claims in June 2021 after the federal government announced the program the previous December. A doctor applies on behalf of a claimant, and then a VISP doctor reviews it and requests further medical records as required. 

Of those claims, the Medical Review Board approved 138 for compensation, totalling $11,236,314, reported Blacklock’s Reporter.

"The program ensures all people in Canada who have experienced a serious and permanent injury as a result of receiving a Health Canada authorized vaccine administered in Canada on or after December 8, 2020 have access to fair and timely financial support," said the 2021 memo Vaccine Injury Support Program.

"Eligible individuals may receive income replacement indemnities, injury indemnities, death benefits, coverage for funeral expenses and reimbursement of eligible costs such as otherwise uncovered medical expenses," it said.

The feds allocated $75 million in funding for the first five years of the program but did not estimate how many compensation claims it expects. On average, it takes 12 to 18 months to review each claim.

While most side effects from COVID vaccines included dizziness, nausea, vomiting, joint pain or difficulty breathing, the Department of Health classified 10,906 of 55,145 reported events as serious. 

They included 88 spontaneous abortions, 116 cases of kidney damage, 198 cases of facial paralysis, 283 heart attacks, 289 strokes and 1,167 cases of heart inflammation.

"Injury from vaccination was rare but not unprecedented," added Vaccine Injury.

But Health Minister Mark Holland downplayed concerns of vaccine injury in testimony to the Commons last November 1. 

"Thanks to vaccines and to other measures we saved literally hundreds of thousands of lives which is something we should really be deeply proud of," he said. "Canada had among the best responses to Covid-19 anywhere in the world."

Courtesy of a federal report last April 30, Health Canada urged medical professionals to exercise judgment in reporting adverse events but did not expect a detailed assessment of every event. "Should all adverse events following immunization be reported? No," said the User Guide To Completion And Submission Of The Adverse Events Following Immunization Reports.

"Of particular interest are those adverse events following immunization which meet one or more of the seriousness criteria: An adverse event that is life-threatening or results in death, requires hospitalization or prolongation of an existing hospitalization, results in residual disability or causes congenital malformation," it said.

As of last May 26, adverse reactions to the COVID jab killed 442 Canadians.

The report follows a Privy Council memo that recommended the feds downplay vaccine-related deaths and injuries through employing "various messaging strategies" and skewing statistics not to alarm Canadians.

"Adverse effects following immunization news reports and the government’s response to them have the potential to shake public confidence in the Covid-19 vaccination rollout," said the memo Testing Behaviourally-Informed Messaging In Response To Severe Adverse Events Following Immunization.

They aimed to "Identify winning communication strategies to maximize public confidence in the government’s Covid regulatory regime," it said.

On December 9, 2021, Dr. Supirya Sharma, senior medical advisor for the health department, said they did not know the long-term effects of the COVID jabs. 

"The benefits outweigh the potential risks, but it is still a drug and still a vaccine and there are potential risks even if they’re rare," she said. "That’s why we continue to monitor it."

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