Vaccine side effects fund disbursed 621 million baht

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The financial compensation program for anyone with mild or severe side effects after receiving a Covid-19 vaccine has now paid 621 million baht to 6,177 recipients. The National Bureau of Health Security is responsible for the remedial assistance program which pays up to 100,000 baht for mild side effects and up to 400,000 baht for side effects resulting in disability or death.

The NHSO program to compensate for the negative effects of vaccination was created with the aim of tackling vaccine hesitancy and instilling confidence in people who feared the vaccine would harm them. Knowing that they can get financial compensation if they get sick from a vaccine has reassured many people about getting the vaccine.

Of the 9,245 people who requested compensation, 6,177 were confirmed eligible for financial assistance. 1,569 other cases are still pending, awaiting a decision on their eligibility or not for payment. Eligible patients received a total of 621 million baht, or an average of 100,534 baht per person.

So far, most requests for financial payments for the immunization program have come from Bangkok. Chiang Mai, Ubon Ratchathani and Udon Thani were the next most popular provinces to seek compensation for vaccine side effects. 46% of the people who asked for help were part of the Gold Card universal health care system, while 27% were members of the Social Security program. The remaining 27% were civil servants.

A panel of experts and civic groups assess the applications received to determine their eligibility. Anyone who has been negatively affected by the vaccination can claim compensation by visiting NHSO branches, provincial health units or wherever they have received their vaccines. Claims must be submitted within 2 years of discovery of side effects.

The NHSO said 1,296 people were compensated up to 400,000 baht after vaccines left them disabled or dead, although they did not specify an individual figure for the number of deaths. 4,770 people were compensated up to 100,000 baht for mild side effects. The main side effects people experienced were nausea, difficulty breathing, fever, chest pain, weak legs and arms, and phylaxis shock.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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