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Vaccination: Compensation

Question for Department of Health

UIN 216593, tabled on 1 December 2014

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to extend the provisions of the Vaccine Damaged Payments Act 1979 to people who are damaged by a vaccine administered when they are over the age of 18.

Answered on

4 December 2014

The Vaccine Damage Payment Scheme established under the Vaccine Damage Payments Act (VDPA) 1979 essentially covers diseases that are protected against through the routine childhood vaccination programme. However the scheme also covers people over the age of 18 years for the following diseases: poliomyelitis; rubella; meningococcal group C (meningitis C); human papillomavirus (HPV); pandemic influenza A (H1N1) 2009 (swine flu) [up to 31 August 2010]; or during an outbreak of a specified disease against which the person was vaccinated in the United Kingdom or Isle of Man. Vaccination must have been given in the UK or Isle of Man or, as part of Armed Forces medical treatment while abroad.

There are currently no plans to make changes to the VDPA.

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