Canada’s new vaccine injury support program surpasses $11.2 million in payouts; new figures show
A year and a half after the Covid-19 vaccines rolled out in Canada, the country launched its first-ever vaccine injury support program in June 2021. Since then, over two thousand Canadians have applied, with $11,236,314 being paid out in vaccine injury compensation as of December 2023.
The Vaccine Injury Support Program (VISP) is funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada but is oddly overseen by a private company called RCGT Consulting Inc. Due to the company's private nature, access to more in depth information is restricted.
Nonetheless, the VISP website provides some statistical information, updated every six months. The December 2023 update reveals that 2,233 claims have been received. Of these, 1,825 are deemed admissible, with only 138 claims approved for compensation so far. Over the past year, claims have risen from 1,299 to 2,233.
In order to qualify for compensation your vaccine injury must be “A serious and permanent injury” and “defined as a severe, life-threatening or life-altering injury that may require in-person hospitalization, or a prolongation of existing hospitalization, and results in persistent or significant disability or incapacity, or where the outcome is a congenital malformation or death.”
The maximum lump sum compensation if you are deemed vaccine injured is $284,000. There are also other payouts provided, which relate to reoccurring loss of income, medical expenses, medical devices, and personal support workers.
According to the Government of Canada's website, there have been over 57,000 adverse event reports related to the Covid-19 vaccines, with 11,231 of those reports being serious. It is not known how many vaccine injury reports to the VISP are Covid-19 vaccine-related as of now, but a June 2022 report from the Public Health Agency said that at that time, 99% were related to the Covid-19 vaccines.
The next update from the VISP is expected in June 2024.