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Compensation for side effects or death from Covid-19 vaccine

PHOTO: Covid-19 vaccine deaths and side effects will be compensated by the NHSO. (via Flickr Alachua County)

Though serious side effects and death from vaccination are exceedingly rare, the Thai National Health Security Office will provide compensation for those negatively affected by a Covid-19 vaccine. The plan calls for 100,000 baht compensation for anyone with an adverse vaccine reaction that prevents them from working for a while, up to 240,000 baht for disabilities resulting from vaccination, including the loss of a limb. In the event that someone dies as a result of vaccination, the NHSO will provide compensation of up to 400,000 baht.

The government has allotted a fund of around 100 million baht as potential compensation money for those suffering severe side effects from a Covid-19 vaccine. The NHSO says that anyone experiencing extreme negative issues after receiving a vaccine should claim compensation immediately. Citing the “initial help principle”, they state that affected people do not need to wait for full verification from health officials to begin the compensation process.

The Secretary-General of the NHSO explains that all they will require is a doctor to confirm that the severe side effect in question is related somehow to the vaccination. They will not delay compensation until further testing can be done to determine the exact details of the affliction. The NHSO also claims that even if after-the-fact tests show that the vaccine had nothing to do with the ailments or death, the office will not seek to retract or withdraw the compensation.

But one current case of a 50 year old man awaiting compensation under this plan seems to tell a different story about the ease of the process. The Pathum Thani man was vaccinated and afterwards experience chest pain. It persisted for 5 days until he died. The NHSO Saraburi branch office said they would pay out 400,000 baht within 5 days to the man’s family as compensation for his death after receiving a vaccine.

But his 27 year old man says that money is nowhere to be found. In fact, he says he hasn’t even been contacted by Ramathibodi Hospital with details of his father’s autopsy and cause of death, let alone the NHSO or any other government agency to discuss the compensation. He had originally complained to Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul and his complaint was later passed on to the NHSO to handle. The son says he will next try to petition PM Prayut Chan-o-cha to try to get some response and payout from the compensation plan.

SOURCE: Chiang Rai Times

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Neill Fronde

Neill is a journalist from the United States with 10+ years broadcasting experience and national news and magazine publications. He graduated with a degree in journalism and communications from the University of California and has been living in Thailand since 2014.

9 Comments

  1. This shows the life of humans or their health is nothing worth for the Thai government. Nobody in the developed civilized world would accept that only possible in 3rd world countries and dictatorships. With this kind of mindset they will never be a succesfull developped country.

  2. Bad decision.
    I predict that twenty percent of all Thais vaccinated will be limping back to the vaccination centres and claiming compensation.
    Some will be in wheelchairs to claim more.

  3. If this is true….then the Thai Government has put a major measure in place to allay the fears of Thai people who think they might die by taking Astra Zeneca. I have taken Astra Zeneca myself. I felt very drowsy the next day and am due for my second vaccination with it in August, as it should be taken twelve weeks apart. Blood clotting has been discovered as a side effect of this vaccine. The only other vaccine, I am aware of, that has an adverse reaction, is Pfizer, when it is administered to young people. There can be a swelling of the heart muscle, that reduces in time. The instance of blood clotting with Astra Zeneca is extremely low. Here it is 12 in one million. So it is worth the risk. So the Tai Government is putting up this financial backing for those who are affected (not such a big outlay, when the incidence is so low, but still good to see).

  4. This shows the life of humans or their health is nothing worth for the Thai government. ….. With this kind of mindset they will never be a succesfull developped country”

    What a mind-numbingly ignorant statement.

    That’s what a “life” is worth based on what the country can afford to pay, pensions, welfare and social security payments, etc.

    It’s not connected with the type of government or if the country’s “civilized” or not in any way.

  5. A life is worth nothing in LOScam, thats for sure. Off note it would be interesting to know if the same rates apply for foreign citizens, given the usual double prizing strategy I would not wonder if the compensation for foreigners would be less.

  6. There will be affects after taking vaccination. At the London hospital of tropical decease I had a few jabs, and it knocked me out for twelve hours.
    This should be expected . . .

  7. I know many people who have had had two Astra Zeneca jabs including myself, I had no reaction at all and do not know of anyone personally who has had a reaction.

    I think the rate of death is one person per million so it is worth taking the risk.

    I don’t have much confidence in the Chinese vaccine, if I was a farang in Thailand on annual one year visas I would fly back to my own country to get the jab as I did.

  8. Although this is small compensation, I haven’t read about other countries doing this.
    As for the side effects, I had none from AZ. My brother said he had the best sleep in years after the jab. He went to bed feeling tired in a good way, like after climbing a mountain, and woke up full of energy. He can’t wait to have his second one, although the new guideline is that he could do with only one. He had corona 5 months ago. Still, he wants the second one for traveling. Some countries might not let you in with only one vaccination, apart from the J&J vaccine.

  9. Its nice to know that human life has a price tag on it, according to the Thai government. Someone’s father, brother, husband, has been taken away from them forever and all the government can do is give them 400K? This is deplorable. On the flip side, what do you expect when you take a vaccine that was made and approved in less than a year. Theres sure to be more

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