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Hyde-Smith backs bill to help those hurt by COVID vaccines

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Legislation that would help individuals that have suffered an adverse reaction to COVID-19 vaccines is getting the support of Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith.

“The development and delivery of the COVID-19 vaccines undoubtedly helped save lives, and I am grateful for them. However, we also know that medicines and vaccines come with risks,” Hyde-Smith said.

It’s extremely difficult to obtain awards under the Countermeasures Injury Compensation Program (CICP), which provides compensation for injuries experienced due to products, like vaccines, that are delivered during public health emergencies.

“There are heartbreaking stories of some Mississippians whose lives were upended after receiving a coronavirus vaccine.  They deserve a fair shake to be compensated, but the federal program to help them is not working for them.  This legislation is our attempt to fix shortcomings in the system when it comes to those hurt by the COVID vaccines,” she said.

Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) data shows that as of March 1, 2022, of the 7,056 COVID-19 countermeasure claims filed—which amounts to approximately 93 percent of all CICP claims—none have received any compensation.

The amendment is intended to improve how COVID claims are adjudicated by the CICP.

S.3810 would:

  • Reform the CICP to provide claimants the same framework for adjudication, award determination, and statute of limitations as exists under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.
  • Create a commission to identify the injuries directly caused as a result of the receipt of a COVID covered countermeasure
  • Require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to amend the covered countermeasure injury table for COVID to include injuries determined by the commission
  • Allow previously submitted claims that have not been compensated to be resubmitted and approved claims to be compensated the same as new claims

Click here to read the legislative text.


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