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Vaccine Injury Financial Assistance Programme in Singapore
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Singapore’s Ministry of Health (MOH) has recently announced that it has introduced a Vaccine Injury Financial Assistance Programme (VIFAP) to help Singaporean residents with the costs of treating adverse side effects and reactions to the Covid-19 vaccinations that have been approved for use in the island nation.

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What is the need for such a scheme?

The Covid-19 vaccines being administered in Singapore, can have side effects like most vaccines and in some serious cases, reactions like anaphylaxis can occur. With this in mind, the Singaporean Ministry of Health has said they are rolling out VIFAP in order to help bring peace of mind to those taking the COVID-19 vaccine.

How much will such patients be compensated?

  • A hospitalised patient who needs to be placed in the High Dependency or Intensive Care Unit for significant side effects but who recovers subsequently will receive at $10,000 payout.
  • If permanent severe disability occurs or an individual passes away as a result of the vaccine, then a one-time payout of $225,000 will be provided.

It is important to note that the MOH has made clear that anyone who experiences a serious side effect after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine can also avail themselves of the relevant healthcare schemes that already exist, such as MediShield Life and government subsidies at public healthcare facilities.

Who will be eligible for VIFAP?

To receive the VIFAP, you must:

  1. Be a Singapore Citizen, Permanent Resident or Long-Term Pass Holder (Employment Pass holder, S-Pass holder, Work Permit holder, Foreign Domestic Worker, Dependant’s Pass holder, Long-Term Visit Pass holder or Student Pass holder).
  2. Have received an approved Covid-19 vaccination in Singapore. Display potentially life-threatening or fatal side effects.
  3. Have side effects that require hospitalisation or have caused persistent incapacity or disability.
  4. Have a doctor link the side effects to your Covid-19 vaccination.

An independent panel of experts in the fields of neurology, immunology and infectious diseases has been appointed to adjudicate VIFAP applications. This is to consolidate the assessments of the treating doctors, on the severity of the side effects, about which opinions can tend to be broad.

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