EXCLUSIVE: The Vaccine Damage Payment Scheme is designed to provide a one-off, tax-free payment of £120,000 for families and individuals left bereaved due to a vaccination.
Campaigners have blasted the Government compensation scheme for vaccinedamage as “unfit for purpose” and want it reformed. It comes as hundreds of Britons who say the Covid-19 jab caused them to suffer serious side effects have been rejected for a payout. Campaigners believe the 44-year-old Vaccine Damage Payment Scheme (VDPS) is failing applicants.
It is designed to provide a one-off, tax-free payment of £120,000 for families and individuals left bereaved – or at least 60 percent disabled – due to a vaccination.
But individuals and families who say they have been adversely affected by a coronavirus jab have told the Daily Express the 60 percent disability threshold is too high and is stopping their claims for damages.
Their fight is backed by politicians including Tory MP Danny Kruger.
The scheme has also been hit by a backlog in the wake of the pandemic.
Campaigners say there have at times been as few as “eight” medical assessors overseeing the process, managing nearly 4,000 Covid vaccination injury applications. They are backed by the Express Justice for Jab Victims.
Freedom of Information figures show just 878 cases – only one in four – had been assessed as of February 8.And only 44 claims totalling more than £5million have been paid so far.
Mobile home business owner Mark Kerry, 50, suffered a cardiac arrest and brain haemorrhage two weeks after his first AstraZeneca jab in March 2021.
He had developed vaccine-induced Thrombotic Thrombocytopenia (VITT), a rare condition combining clotting and low blood platelets.
Surgeons saved his life by performing a thrombectomy to remove a blood clot. But the grandfather of two now suffers “constant” headaches and fatigue and takes medication to prevent further seizures.
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