The material, published on the government’s website, can be commented on until the end of March next year.
The Act on Compensation for Damage Caused by Compulsory Vaccinations has been in force since April this year, responding to the Constitutional Court’s ruling of 2015. Until then, the provider of health services was liable under the Civil Code. In cases recognized by the expert commission of the ministry, the state also pays for the painful, mental suffering of loved ones or the loss of earnings.
The ministry estimates that there will be about ten cases a year. “Although the number of cases of damage caused by compulsory vaccination is minimal, they cannot be completely ruled out. Compensation could also blunt the edges and provide guarantees for those who are afraid of vaccinations, “said Minister Adam Vojtěch at the time. In recent years, there have been cases of parents refusing to have their children vaccinated.
In the Czech Republic, children are compulsorily vaccinated against nine diseases – diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, invasive disease caused by Haemophilus influenzae b, polio and hepatitis B, measles, rubella and mumps. About 400,000 doses of hexavaccine and 200,000 doses of measles, mumps, and mumps vaccine are given annually.
The decree provides for compensation for vaccinations against these nine diseases and pneumococcal infections. For each disease, a possible reaction is listed, usually anaphylactic shock and sometimes others, and the time at which they should occur. For example, in anaphylactic shock, ie extensive allergic reactions, it is four hours. For other days.
Healthcare professionals and the vaccinated or their parents report hundreds to thousands of suspected side effects to the State Institute for Drug Control (SÚKL), and the numbers are gradually declining.
According to SÚKL, the vast majority of reported reactions are those that the manufacturer has indicated as expected. The most common are local reactions at the injection site, but almost all effects are considered serious. Serious and unexpected must be reported by health professionals by law.
The law provides for compensation for permanent consequences. The amount of compensation for damage after compulsory vaccination will be governed by the Civil Code. If the claim is recognized, unless the doctor or the manufacturer has made a mistake, the Ministry of Health will pay the money to the injured party. The resort is not able to estimate the total costs, they can be hundreds of thousands to tens of millions of crowns a year.
Allergies or loss of emotion
Due to the difficulty of proving, the bill does not require proof of a causal link. “Medical evidence suggests that certain cases of injury, such as anaphylaxis or anaphylactic shock, branchial neuritis, encephalopathy, chronic arthritis, if they occur at some point after vaccination, are very likely to be due to the body’s response to a particular vaccine.” “It is written in the document.
Anaphylactic shock is an allergic reaction that causes swelling, rash, suffocation and low blood pressure. Branchial neuritis is a loss of mobility of the arm or shoulder, arthritis is an inflammatory disease of the joints. Encephalopathy is a brain injury. In other cases, the ministry will assess the claim in more detail.
The condition for compensation is an application submitted to the Ministry within three years from the time when the health damage occurred. If the ministry does not compensate the applicant within six months or grants him less than the required amount, the injured party has the right to go to court within four years.
Compensation for the possible consequences of vaccination against covid-19 is dealt with in a separate law, which enabled vaccination. According to the Lidovky.cz server, 15 people turned to the ministry for compensation. The ministry has already rejected six applications, and is reviewing the rest.