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Vaccine Damage Compensation Scheme

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 3 November 2020

Tuesday, 3 November 2020

Ceisteanna (111)

Denis Naughten

Ceist:

111. Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Health the status of plans to introduce a no-fault vaccination compensation scheme for severe adverse reactions to State-promoted vaccination programmes; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33288/20]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

Proposals regarding a no-fault vaccine compensation scheme have been under consideration for some time.

My Department asked the Health Research Board (HRB) to carry out an evidence review on vaccine injury redress programmes in other jurisdictions. The review was completed in March 2019 and can now be found on the HRB website. This matter is under consideration by my Department.

In June 2018, the Government agreed to the establishment of an Expert Group to review the law

An Expert Group was established by the Government in June 2018, chaired by Mr Justice Charles Meenan, to examine the law in relation to personal injuries arising in the healthcare context and to explore alternative mechanisms by which claims could be managed more effectively, particularly from the perspective of the person on whose behalf a claim has been made. The Report of the Expert Group was received by me, and by the Minister for Justice, earlier this year and will be brought to Government and for publication shortly. The recommendations of this report will be taken into account when considering the establishment of any vaccine compensation scheme.

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