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NHSO earmarks THB100 million for those suffering from Covid-19 vaccine reactions


People who have allergic reactions after receiving Covid-19 vaccine will be compensated by the National Health Security Office (NHSO), the office’s secretary-general, Dr Jadet Thammathat-Aree, said on Sunday.

“The NHSO has set aside a budget of THB100.32 million to compensate vaccine recipients in case of allergic reactions. Everyone can claim this compensation irrespective of whether they are insured under social security, hold a state welfare card, are a civil servant or a health professional,” he said.

“This compensation is effective retroactively from April 5.”

The criteria for compensation are as follow:

▪︎ Maximum THB400,000 in case of death or total disability

▪︎ Maximum THB240,000 in case of losing an organ or disability

▪︎ Maximum THB100,000 in case of continuous injury or sickness.

“Affected people can file a case at public hospitals, provincial public health offices or NHSO branch offices nationwide. Each case will take up to five days for consideration,” he added.

Jadet added that so far 267 people had filed cases to claim compensation in two provinces -- Chiang Mai and Ubon Ratchathani -- while other provinces have yet to submit their total tally.

“In Chiang Mai alone, 91,551 doses of vaccine have been given while only 218 persons have allergic reaction, or 0.24 per cent, of which 0.05 per cent are severe cases with no death,” he said. “The most common reactions reported are low fever and muscle ache, while the most common severe reactions are high fever and numbness.”

Published : May 17, 2021

By : THE NATION