Written by Zachary Steiber via The Epoch Times (emphasis ours),
The United States has for the first time paid people who were injured by the COVID-19 vaccines.
A person has a dose of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine before it is administered in a clinical trial in Aurora, Colorado on December 15, 2020. (Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images)
Three people received compensation for their injuries through the Countermeasures Injury Compensation Program (CICP), run by an agency of the Department of Health and Human Services, officials said in a new update.
One person who suffered severe allergic shock received $2,019, according to the agency, the Health Resources and Services Administration. A person who suffered from heart inflammation or myocarditis received $1,582. Another who suffered from myocarditis received $1,032.
The manufacturer of the vaccines was not made public. Information about the people who received the payments has also not been made public.
The payments are the first time the US government has paid people who were injured by the COVID-19 vaccines, which can cause serious problems and even death, and were first introduced in late 2020.
Under the CICP, people who survive their vaccine-induced injury can receive money for unreimbursed medical expenses and lost work income.
The recently awarded compensation appears to be for medical expenses only, Wayne Rohde, author of The Vaccine Court, told The Epoch Times.
“These amounts are so low that you can credibly assume that these were just unreimbursed medical expenses, and that’s it” Rohde said. “It’s unconscionable what they’re doing, but that’s this program.”
Most of the previous payments were for people injured by an H1N1 flu vaccine, including Guillain-Barré syndrome. Some received hundreds or thousands of dollars. Eight received at least $106,723. The highest payout on record is $2.2 million.
The Health Resources and Services Administration, which manages the program, did not respond to requests for comment.
The CICP is the only place where people can get compensation from the federal government because of the COVID-19 emergency declaration first issued during the Trump administration. Most vaccines administered in the United States are covered by the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. People who receive compensation through the latter may receive more money, in part because there are more categories covered, they have more time to file, and they may have attorney fees covered.
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