The individual must have then experienced a serious side effect within three months from the date of inoculation. A report on the serious side effect must be submitted to the NPRA by a health personnel who treated the patient. For deaths, an autopsy report should be included.4 Mar 2022
Government Gave RM195,000 Aid For Serious Covid-19 Vaccine Side Effects
By CodeBlue | 4 March 2022
17 patients qualified for the government financial assistance as of Feb 15 after experiencing serious Covid-19 AEFI; 23 applications were rejected and 147 are pending review.
The National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency (NPRA) earlier clarified that government funds disbursed to people who suffer serious side effects after Covid-19 vaccination was not “compensation”, but simply “financial assistance”.
The Covid-19 vaccine injury scheme, introduced on March 22 last year, disburses “assistance” of not more than RM50,000 to “Covid-19 vaccine recipients” who suffer serious adverse effects that require long-term hospitalisation, as well as not more than RM500,000 for disability or death “caused” by the Covid-19 vaccine.
To qualify for the programme, an individual must be a Malaysian who was vaccinated under the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK). The individual must have then experienced a serious side effect within three months from the date of inoculation.
A report on the serious side effect must be submitted to the NPRA by a health personnel who treated the patient. For deaths, an autopsy report should be included. Applications will only be considered within a year from when the AEFI was first reported.
Health minister: RM500,000 max compensation to anyone suffering severe side effects post Covid-19 vax
By SOO WERN JUN
Monday, 22 Mar 2021 3:27 PM MYT
“Firstly, those who experience serious side effects and need long-term medical treatment will be compensated with RM50,000.
“Secondly, those who face permanent disabilities or death will receive a compensation of (not more than) RM500,000,” he said.
Explaining further, Dr Adham said the government has set up three committees to observe and assess adverse reactions and safety issues related to Covid-19 vaccines.
“The three committees are: the Pharmacovigilance Committee — to observe and assess the adverse reaction following immunisation; the Technical Committee — this committee will decide legitimacy of aid applicant; and the third is the main committee that will give the final approval for the special aid,” he said.
When asked about individuals who experienced adverse reactions, and how the Health Ministry attended to these cases, Dr Adham said the reactions were assessed on the spot.
“All of them have undergone treatment and been discharged and are waiting for their second dose.”
He also said that for those who are receiving their second vaccine dose, this will be done at the hospital, instead of public health clinics or approved centres, for better observation.