Canada is eyeing the possibility of a national vaccine compensation program for those adversely affected by the COVID-19 vaccine.
With Canadians starting to get vaccinations probably as soon as next week, the program was announced on Thursday.
During a Thursday press conference, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said “serious side-effects are incredibly rare.”
“In the very unlikely event of an adverse reaction though, we want to make sure Canadians have fair access to support,” said Trudeau. “So today, I can announce that we’re all creating a federal support program around vaccine safety for all Canadians and for all vaccines. This includes COVID-19 vaccines that will be rolled out soon.”
Vaccines are put through strict clinical trials before they are sent out to the public. However, with Health Canada giving Pfizer-BioNTech the green light earlier this week, this program could give Canadians a small sense of security if something went wrong.
It adds Canada to more than 20 countries that offer a similar type of program.
According to a news release, the chances of someone getting a serious adverse reaction are “extremely rare, less than one in a million.”
Patty Hadju said Canadians should have confidence in the vaccine approval system. This program is to ensure if in the rare case someone does experience an adverse reaction they will get the support they need.
Details are currently not available in how you would qualify or how much the compensation could be if there were permanent injuries from the vaccine. The government will be working with their provincial and territorial counterparts to put the program in place quickly.