As we are continuing to face the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, the COVID-19 vaccine rollout has been underway throughout the U.S. The COVID-19 vaccine was created as a countermeasure to protect individuals from suffering from severe disease or illness from COVID-19. Unfortunately, while the COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective according to the Centers for Disease Control and Protection, in some cases, individuals may sustain injuries or other adverse side effects due to vaccine-related injuries. 

In the event that you or someone you know sustained injuries, or adverse effects due to the COVID-19 vaccine, you may be wondering if you could be eligible for financial compensation or relief for your injuries, and what steps you should take to best handle the situation.

We have put together a guide so you can best know how to navigate the situation and determine if you qualify for financial compensation or relief. 

How Can You Determine If You Qualify for Compensation for Your COVID-19 Vaccine-Related Injury?

You may be able to apply for compensation through the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP) or through the Countermeasures Injury Compensation Program (CICP).

The NVICP typically grants compensation for those who sustained vaccine-related injuries for routinely administered vaccinations for children and adults. The CICP provides compensation to those who sustained injuries, or other adverse side effects from specific covered “countermeasures” against various threats such as declared pandemic, epidemic or security threats. 

If you or someone you know is currently suffering from side effects due to vaccine-related injuries from a COVID-19 vaccine, it is advised that you first file a claim with CICP to determine if you are eligible for compensation, 

What are the Differences Between Compensation and Benefits You Can Receive Through NVICP and CICP? 

While the NVICP will grant compensation to individuals with no cap on lost income, the CICP will only grant claimants up to two-thirds of their lost income, and limits benefits to $50,000 for each year an individual is out of work. 

Also, it’s important to note that the CICIP will not grant benefits to claimants for adverse side effects from vaccine-related injuries such as pain, suffering, emotional upset, etc. while the NVICP will grant up to $250,000 for such damages.

If you are still confused after reading this or unsure if you qualify for financial compensation or relief from your COVID-19 vaccine-related injury or adverse side effects, feel free to contact us for a no-cost review of your situation.