The federal government introduced its Vaccine Injury Support Program and began accepting applications. Some of the people diagnosed with permanent or serious conditions think the compensation does not go far enough. In Canada, serious side effects have been really rare among the millions of doses given out this year. However, it is still possible to get side effects from any vaccine so the federal program covers vaccines other than COVID-19 as well.
To be able to apply, an individual must have received a Health Canada-approved vaccine and then contract a “serious and permanent injury.” Some people are concerned because they are unsure if they would still receive compensation if the injury can recover in months. The individual would not be able to work but the injury is not classified as “permanent”.
Murry Hellekson was a healthy 49 years old did labour work at a local lumber mill. A couple of weeks after receiving the vaccinations he was diagnosed with Guillain-Barré Syndrome. After spending time in the hospital he returned home but could not work for the next four to six months. Hellekson is still unsure if he will receive proper compensation for his injuries. Another person who was diagnosed with the same condition Mathew Dawe said the language they use in the program is “draconian”. He is suggesting that it is very subjective so that the government can limit its payouts.
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