A Public Health Agency of Canada Vaccine Confidence Webinar Series: Understanding Canada’s Vaccine Injury Support Program

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Organization: Public Health Agency of Canada in partnership with the Canadian Public Health Association

Recorded for health care professionals: 2022-06-01

Quick notes

Presenters

Speakers

Moderator

Disclosures

Objectives

At the end of this webinar, health care professionals will be able to:

What is a Vaccine Injury Support Program (VISP)?

No fault

Financial support is provided regardless of who is responsible or possibly at fault. For example, the claimant, manufacturer or health professional administering the vaccine.

Non-adversarial

Does not require the claimant to seek legal representation or solicit expert medical review (beyond their attending physician's report).

Fair, timely and equitable

Provides fair, timely and equitable financial compensation to individuals who experience serious vaccine injuries.

Driving factors for the Pan-Canadian VISP

Addresses long-standing gap

Strengthens Canada's immunization system and provides equitable access to financial support.

Demonstrates leadership

Canada joins the international community in offering a national vaccine injury compensation program.

Shows fairness and reciprocity

People who experience a serious and permanent vaccine injury while performing a public good. For example, being immunized should be supported in a fair and timely manner, regardless of responsibility or possible fault.

Pan-Canadian Vaccine Injury Support Program

The Pan-Canadian Vaccine Injury Support Program ensures that all people in Canada who have experienced a serious and permanent injury as a result of receiving a Health Canada authorized vaccine, administered in Canada on or after December 8, 2020, have fair and timely access to financial support.

Quebec is continuing to administer its provincial program with funding from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) for individuals vaccinated in that province.

Roadmap to the Pan-Canadian Vaccine Injury Support Program

Policy parameters

The Public Health Agency of Canada established the Vaccine Injury Support Program policy parameters. Raymond Chabot Grant Thorton Consulting is responsible for designing and implementing the program within these parameters.

The Vaccine Injury Support Program provides financial support to individuals who experience a serious and permanent injury from a Health Canada-authorized vaccine administered in Canada, on or after December 8, 2020.

Individuals have three years after the date of vaccination, date of death or date when an injury first becomes apparent to submit a claim.

Aligns with Quebec's Vaccine Injury Compensation (VIC) program.

Based on the World Health Organization's accepted practices on the establishment of causality.

Third party responsibilities

Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton Consulting is responsible for designing and implementing:

PHAC has no involvement in program delivery, including assessing claims or appeals.

Vaccine Injury Support Program responsibilities and process

PHAC has no involvement in program delivery, including assessing claims or appeals. Raymond Chabot Grant Thorton Inc. has responsibility for:

Role of health professionals

Eligibility criteria

Authorized vaccine

Any person receiving a Health Canada authorized vaccine.

Time frame

Claims can be filed within 3 years after the date of vaccination, date of date or date when the injury first becomes apparent.

Injury reported

Injury reported to health care provider.

Eligibility date

Date of vaccination was on or after December 8, 2020.

Administered in Canada

The vaccine was administered in Canada. Exceptions and frequently asked questions.

Serious and permanent

The injury is serious and permanent or has resulted in death.

Definition of serious and permanent

"A serious and permanent injury is defined as a severe, life-threatening or life-altering injury that may require in-person hospitalization, or a prolongation of existing hospitalization, and results in persistent or significant disability or incapacity, or where the outcome is a congenital malformation or death."
- World Health Organisation (WHO)

Causality assessment using WHO model

"Causality assessment usually will not prove or disprove an association between an event and the immunization. It is meant to assist in determining the level of certainty of such an association. A definite causal association or absence of association often cannot be established for an individual event."
- WHO

Injury severity assessment

Challenges with case assessments

Serious and permanent injuries?

Vaccine-inducted thrombotic thrombocytopenia versus non vaccine-inducted thrombotic thrombocytopenia thrombosis.

Financial support

Overview of claims

Statistics for the Vaccine Injury Support Program

What can you do?

As members of the immunization community, Raymond Chabot Grant Thorton Consulting would like to engage you with the following goals in mind:

For feedback or further information: info@vaccineinjurysupport.ca or visit the website vaccineinjurysupport.ca.

For more PHAC webinars and videos for healthcare professionals, please visit the Government of Canada website: COVID-19 for health professionals: Training, webinars and webcasts (Canada.ca)

National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Diseases website: NCCID hosts the Public Health Agency of Canada Webinars on COVID-19 Vaccines for Health Care Providers (National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Diseases)

Canadian Vaccination Evidence Resource and Exchange Center website: The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) Vaccine Confidence Webinar Series (CANVax)

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