THE UK’s Vaccine Damage Payment Scheme is a national disgrace. Our government knows that a small number of citizens will be irreparably damaged, or even killed, by all vaccines, not just the Covid. But instead of receiving compensation promptly via the VDPS, those harmed are forced into a prolonged and stressful fight.
‘I knew with the pandemic there would be hundreds of injury cases because of the sheer number of people being vaccinated – 60million to date,’ says personal injury lawyer Peter Todd, a specialist in vaccine damage.
‘For the VDPS to assess a vaccine damage case takes around 12 months. And they reject around 98 in every 100 claims. An appeal can take between one to two years to be determined.
‘That’s just not good enough. We should aim to get all cases determined within 12 months of submission. If you’re seriously disabled and you can’t work or pay your mortgage, you need help now – you don’t need it in three years’ time.’
For the past year, Mr Todd has been a consultant for the Scott-Moncrieff law firm. He has been winning cases in the vaccine injury arena for around 20 years, starting with the measles mumps and rubella vaccine (MMR) in the late 90s.
Since he joined Scott-Moncrieff, and since the Covid vaccines were introduced in December 2020, he has been consulting with an average of ten people a week, all reporting serious vaccine damage.
It is a hostile environment for vaccine injury claimants in which families suffer extreme hardship. These are conscientious citizens who did what they were told was the right thing. They are not anti-vaxxers; they followed government directives and took the jab. But instead of being compensated sooner rather than later, they are drowned in the confusing world of litigation, claim and counter-claim.
Many must seek out scientists to explain the complex medical issues at stake. And frankly, many who are battling severe neurological and physical injury do not have the stamina.
The current scheme was set up in 1979 thanks to 600 families whose children suffered vaccine damage, mainly from the whooping cough vaccine, in the 1960s. The universal child vaccination scheme was introduced in the UK in 1959.
A mother called Rosemary Fox spearheaded the campaign after her infant daughter Helen suffered convulsions and permanent neurological handicap caused by the polio vaccine and potentially the whooping cough vaccination.
As Rosemary and her husband John sought explanations for Helen’s disability, they were told they were damaging the vaccine programme and advised to keep quiet.
Fast-forward 42 years and nothing has changed. Today’s injured are regularly gaslighted, ignored and generally the authorities just hope they will go away. This is despite the fact that they are legally entitled to a maximum of £120,000 tax-free compensation under the 1979 Vaccine Damage Payments Act (VDPA).
The criteria a victim must meet before receiving a payout are high. Claimants must be 60 per cent damaged; if you are deaf in one ear or blind in one eye, that is only considered to be 50 per cent.
The Covid vaccine is proving to be the most injurious in our history. So far, 920 coronavirus vaccination injury claims have been registered under the VDPS. No awards have been made yet, but if all claims were accepted, the total would come to £110.4million.
At the beginning of the vaccine programme, the Government spent nearly £12billion on the jab, so these payouts are a pittance in comparison.
Some idea of the correlation between the jab and fatal injury can be gleaned from figures in the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting Scheme (VAERS). These showed that 3,246 deaths occurred on the same day as vaccination, 2,622 the following day, 484 within seven days and 1,299 within ten to 14 days. Given this timeframe, vaccination as a cause should be considered unless proven otherwise.
Mr Todd said: ‘Our whole system is pretty poor. In the US it’s much better. A levy on each vaccine sold is paid into a fund to compensate the injured.
‘The US scheme gives claimants the benefit of the doubt. When I visited ten years ago, their system had several special masters (judges), who only dealt with vaccine cases and there was no limit on awards. One claimant had received 100million dollars. Awards are based on a person’s total loss, or tort damages, so are much fairer.’
Under the VDPA, a total of £75,350,000 has been paid out since 1979 to those meeting the strict vaccine injury threshold. Half of that sum was awarded to whooping cough vaccine victims in the first few years of the scheme.
In contrast, the equivalent scheme in the US has paid out approximately £4billion since 1989. Based on these figures, we should have awarded around £700million – we’re only paying out a twentieth of the US rate.
Even vaccine philanthropist Bill Gates’s Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisations (GAVI) scheme, which operates across 57 low income countries, is more generous than ours, with ten cents from each vaccine sold being put into a no fault compensation fund.
Mr Todd said: ‘We’re the fifth richest country globally and even the Third World has a better scheme than us.’
He feels British citizens are being treated unjustly and has applied for legal aid to take AstraZeneca to court. According to the Medicine and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency’s figures, AZ has produced the most damaging vaccine in the UK, with Moderna not far behind.
One in 102 people say the AZ (29.4million doses given) has impacted their lives, compared with one in 157 for Pfizer (26million doses given), and one in 45 for Moderna (1.6million doses given). The MHRA admits to 79 blood clot deaths caused by AZ’s jab. The official term for this is vaccine-induced immune thrombotic thrombocytopenia (VITT).
Mr Todd said: ‘My focus now is the clot incidents. I think the clot incident is the biggest related to vaccines that has ever happened in this country. I don’t think there has ever been anything bigger than that in terms of deaths and injuries.
‘It was known that there was a risk of thrombosis from the adenovirus vector (adenovirus is the tool used to deliver genetic material into the cells) in the Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid vaccine, but it doesn’t seem to have been warned about.
‘The fact that there’s an indemnity (for the vaccine) means that a manufacturer wouldn’t worry as much as they would if they were carrying the liability. They didn’t license it in the States, so it seems there was definitely something dodgy there.’
This is all irritating politics. For claimants, recognition is key. Mr Todd said: ‘If you are in bed and unable to walk, the mental anguish and psychological injury you suffer by ploughing this lonely furrow is significant.
‘One of the things I’ve found that relieves people’s anguish is not the payout, it’s being officially recognised. Vindication and acceptance are a really important part of the whole system.
‘The Government is not supporting people who have suffered vaccine injury – it’s not damage it’s injury, damage is a legal term applied to property, not people – and the time has come to change that.’