Vaccine Damage Payment Scheme

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered at on 1 March 2023.

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Photo of Christopher Chope Christopher Chope Conservative, Christchurch

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many applications have been made to the vaccine damage payments scheme in respect of covid-19 vaccines as of 23 February 2023; and how many and what proportion of those applications have been (a) successful (b) rejected and (c) unresolved for more than six months.

Photo of Maria Caulfield Maria Caulfield The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade) (Minister for Women)

As of 23 February 2023, the number of applications to the Vaccine Damage Payment Scheme related to COVID-19 vaccines was 3887. Of these, there are 48 awarded claims (1.23%), 890 rejected claims (22.90%), of which 849 were medical rejections and 41 were invalid applications and 1,612 applications that have been unresolved for more than six months (41.47%).

The Department continues to work with the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA), who manage the scheme’s operations, to provide timely outcomes for claimants. NHSBSA contacts all claimants at key points in the process to provide regular updates on the progress of their claim.

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