Taiwanese men receive more than $ 32,000 in government compensation after COVID-19 vaccination

Taipei, Taiwan — A Taiwanese man received government compensation of NT $ 900,000 ($ 32,320) for suffering from a rare blood clotting condition after being vaccinated with COVID-19.

An unknown man living in Taoyuan City, central Taiwan, suffered from thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS) after receiving the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine. Said At a press conference on November 3, Chuang Jen-hwan, a spokesman for the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) in Taiwan.

Chuan explained that the man was compensated after local health officials determined that there was a link between his health and the vaccine. He added that another person vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine would receive NT $ 10,000 ($ 350) government compensation for vaccine-related symptoms such as swelling and headaches.

TTS, also known as vaccine-induced immune thrombocytopenia (VITT), can be fatal. Thrombosis is the formation of blood clots, and thrombocytopenia is a condition in which the number of platelets decreases significantly.

This syndrome is a known side effect of the AstraZeneca vaccine against the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, the causative agent of COVID-19 disease. In July, the medical journal The Lancet published a study stating that the estimated rate of TTP after the first dose was 8.1 per million vaccinated people.

Death from TTS is known. In May, a woman in her 50s from Edmonton, Canada, died after being vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine a month ago. In October, a woman in her late 30s from King County, Washington died of TTS after receiving the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. according to Seattle Times.

In Taiwan, the central government set up a vaccine damage compensation program in 1988 to allow individuals to “claim compensation from the local health department in the event of death, disability, serious illness, or adverse effects of vaccination.” increase. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The program also provided funeral grants to families, and autopsy concluded that a loved one had died for vaccination.

According to the data, the fund provided compensation for 43 proceedings in 2016, and the number increased to 79 in 2018 (pdf) From the Taiwanese CDC.

The two individuals who received compensation were one of a total of 22 cases reviewed by health authorities, Chang said. Of the 22 cases, all Seek compensation In the case of the AstraZeneca vaccine, 18 cases were rejected after determining that the health problems were not related to the vaccine.

Of the remaining two cases, one was denied compensation because of a slight fever, and the other was NT $ 5,000 ($) because health officials could not determine if it had a relationship with AstraZeneca. 180) compensation was given.

As of November 3, Taiwan, with a population of about 23.4 million, Have A total of 16,428 confirmed cases of infection and a total of 847 deaths.

Frank Fang


Frank Fang is a Taiwan-based journalist. He covers news in China and Taiwan. He holds a master’s degree in materials science from Tsinghua University in Taiwan.