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Talk of the Day -- News digest of local media -- vaccine compensation

Talk of the Day -- News digest of local media -- vaccine compensation

The Department of Health (DOH) is reviewing its compensation mechanism for H1N1 vaccine victims after reports of adverse reactions to the vaccine, including deaths and miscarriages by pregnant women, have emerged. The government hopes the review will allay misgivings about the immunization program and regain public confidence at a time when the number of people getting the H1N1 flu shot has declined markedly while the number of people hospitalized is on the rise.
The following is a digest of some local media reports on the issue: China Times: DOH Minister Yaung Chih-liang said Monday that the DOH is making an overall review of the relief system for immunization victims, and that the compensation for deaths related to vaccinations will be raised from the present NT$2 million, which has been the rule for the past 20 years.
He said that the government currently only provides relief to patients whose adverse reaction is confirmed as being "related to" or "cannot rule out being related to" the flu shot, but it will now consider expanding the provision to other kinds of victims. (Dec. 29, 2009) United Daily News: Steve Kuo, director general of the DOH's Centers for Disease Control, said Monday that although the number of reported H1N1 cases has declined, the number of those getting vaccinated on a daily basis has also declined, and he is worried about the overall effect of the fight against the disease.
"Public concern about vaccine safety is far higher than imagined," Kuo said.
(Dec. 29, 2009) Liberty Times: Thirty-one people have applied for relief compensation after adverse reactions to the H1N1 vaccine. But all eight cases that have been reviewed so far were denied compensation.
Legislators are concerned about the situation and have asked the DOH to make public the list of screening panel members and the statements of the members to ensure the transparency and fairness of the screening process. They also asked for the compensation for those who die after being vaccinated to be raised to NT$10 million. (Dec.
29, 2009)




Updated : 2021-07-31 16:48 GMT+08:00