Senator Lee Introduces Bill to Help Victims of Vaccine Adverse Reactions
March 11, 2022
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced his Countermeasure Injury Compensation Amendment Act to help those who have suffered adverse reactions from the COVID-19 vaccines. Current law provides redress measures for patients who have suffered adverse reactions to vaccines and other countermeasures used to promote public health. Unfortunately, the thousands of patients who have sought relief for adverse effects of the COVID-19 vaccines have not received compensation under the existing framework.
Senator Lee’s bill would amend the Countermeasure Injury Compensation Act (CICP) to improve responsiveness, create a commission to examine the injuries directly caused as a result of COVID-19 countermeasures, and allow those whose claims have been previously rejects to resubmit claims for new consideration.
Regarding the bill, Sen. Lee said, “The federal government has encouraged all Americans to receive the COVID-19 vaccines. While these vaccines have been miraculous and have helped save innumerable lives, there are always some who experience adverse reactions. My Countermeasure Injury Compensation Amendment Act will help build trust in future medical treatments and to make sure those who were harmed are properly compensated.”
Brianne Dressen, a Utah mother who experienced a serious adverse reaction as a participant in a COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial, said of the bill, “What would this bill mean? It would mean those who are suffering adverse reactions will no longer have to decide between putting the bread on the table or picking up that critical prescription from the pharmacyor paying rent vs going to the doctor. For those of us waiting for critical compensation, this bill very well could be the difference between healing, and suffering and declining.”
Sen. Lee is joined by Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN), Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), and Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) as cosponsors.
To read a one-pager of the bill, click HERE.
For full text of the bill, click HERE.