413 people qualify for Covid-19 vaccine injury payouts as at end-2022

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SINGAPORE - A total of 413 people have received payouts under the Vaccine Injury Financial Assistance Programme (Vifap) as at Dec 31, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said on Wednesday.

This is up from 296 at the end of 2021.

A total of $1,895,000 has been paid out or offered to applicants, the ministry added.

The Tier 1 payout of $225,000 – extended to those who have died or become permanently disabled following administration of a Covid-19 vaccine – has been extended to three applicants so far.

It was previously reported that among those who qualified for the maximum payout was a 16-year-old who suffered cardiac arrest in 2021 following a weightlifting session, six days after receiving his first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty vaccine.

Vifap provides “one-time goodwill financial assistance” to those who experience serious vaccine-related side effects related to a Covid-19 vaccine.

Those eligible must be Singapore citizens, permanent residents or long-term pass holders who were vaccinated under the national Covid-19 vaccination programme.

They must also have subsequently experienced a serious side effect that either required inpatient hospitalisation, caused persistent incapacity or disability, or was fatal, which was assessed by a doctor to be related to their vaccination.

Responding to queries regarding a former Singapore General Hospital (SGH) nurse who suffered a severe adverse reaction following her second dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, MOH said it had not received a Vifap application from the w...

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