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Ottawa compensates victims of COVID-19 vaccine | Coronavirus

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Ross Wightman is one of 10 people who have been hospitalized with Guillain-Barré syndrome less than 30 days after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine since December 2020, according to the British Columbia Center for Infectious Diseases (BCCDC). ).

Resident of Lake Countryin interior British Columbia, he developed the rare autoimmune disease just days after receiving his first and only dose of AstraZeneca’s vaccine.

Due to this disease which attacks the nervous system, Ross Wightman is partially paralyzed.

Since his paralysis, he rejoices in all the small victories, like climbing the stairs alone and going for a walk alone near his house.

Her biggest victory, however, was receiving an email from the Canadian Vaccine Victim Support Program acknowledging that the deterioration in her condition was likely caused by the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine against COVID-19.

It’s very satisfyingsays Ross Wightman.

To have it black on white, on a piece of paper, that they give me reason, it’s very satisfying. Every day is hard and [la lettre] doesn’t change my health, but it’s still satisfying to have it. »

A quote from Ross Wightman

Ross Wightman is one of the first Canadians to be approved for compensation under this program. This means that the medical review board has determined thatthere is a likely connection between the injury and the vaccine, and the injury is serious and permanent.

The compensation offered by the PSVV can go up to $284,000, according to him. Without wanting to reveal the amount he will receive, he specifies that he will not receive the maximum. He adds that he is also eligible for income replacement indemnities of up to $90,000 per year.

According to the most recent data from the PSVVless than five claims have been approved by the program’s medical review committee, which has been reviewing them since June 1, 2021. It is open to all vaccinated people in Canada, except Quebec, which has its own compensation program.

A syringe inserted into a vial of AstraZeneca.

In rare cases, the inoculation of the anti-COVID vaccine from the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca can be followed by thrombosis.

Photo: Reuters/LEONHARD FOEGER

A compensation program

Prior to the pandemic, Canada was the only G7 country without a vaccine injury compensation program.

It was the national COVID-19 immunization plan that prompted the development of the compensation program, says Dr. Kumanan Wilson, an intern at The Ottawa Hospital, who was consulted as an expert during creating the program.

Dr. Wilson is also the CEO of CANImmunize, the technology company that created the digital vaccine accountability platform, and an expert on vaccine hesitancy.

We told people they had to get vaccinated, and in many cases compulsory vaccinations were imposedhe says. We need to keep our word and make sure these individuals are treated fairly should something negative happen.

I am a firm believer in vaccine safety. They are the subject of three rigorous clinical trials, but rare exceptions may occur, and in these cases, these individuals should be supported. »

A quote from Kumanan Wilson, CEO of CANImmunize

According to Dr. Wilson, the risks of infection with COVID-19 are much greater than the risks of a bad reaction to vaccines.

When developing the support program, it was a challenge to determine what should be considered a serious illness associated with a vaccine, says Dr. Wilson. He is happy to learn that the Guillain-Barré syndrome, which has been the subject of debate, is one of the illnesses which give rise to the right to compensation.

If affected individuals are not satisfied with the compensation received through the program, they can appeal the decisionsays Dr. Wilson. I believe that there will be a lot of modifications and adaptation made according to the first complaints.

Based on information from Jon Hernandez

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