What the Government Wants Vaccine Recipients to Know about the VICP
The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) is a federal program that provides financial compensation to individuals and families affected by vaccine injuries. The program was created in 1988 to protect the nation’s vaccine supply chain and covers most vaccines recommended by the CDC. It is funded by a tax on vaccines and has billions of dollars in funding available. To be eligible for compensation, claimants must submit certain basic information, such as the name of the vaccine recipient, the vaccine that caused the injury, and the date of vaccination. The VICP pays claimants’ legal fees separately from their compensation awards, but there are strict deadlines for filing claims. Individuals and families who believe they may be entitled to compensation under the VICP should contact an attorney for more information.