Gov't want to establish Vaccine Injury Compensation Fund

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The Polish government plans to establish a Vaccine Injury Compensation Fund for financial claims from people who can prove they have suffered side effects from a vaccine.

A draft to this effect was adopted by the government on Tuesday, the Health Ministry reported.

The draft provides for a lump-sum compensation, the amount of which will depend of the duration of hospitalisation. In the case of hospitalisation lasting from 14 to 30 days, it will amount to PLN 10,000 (EUR 2,200). Its upper limit will be PLN 100,000 (EUR 21,800) if the length of the hospital stay exceeds 120 days.

Compensation is to be paid out to people who suffered side effects from a vaccine administered after December 26, 2020, and in the case of Covid-19 vaccines for side effects which appeared before the draft comes into effect.

The fund will be chiefly financed by pharmaceutical companies and wholesale traders who have signed contracts with the State Treasury for deliveries of vaccines.