Tokyo, Aug. 19 (Jiji Press)–A Japanese health ministry panel on Thursday agreed to provide medical expenses and other aid to 29 people who filed for damages linked to COVID-19 vaccinations.
They will become the first group of people who receive aid from the Japanese government over health damage related to COVID-19 vaccinations.
The 29 people, aged between 22 and 66, developed symptoms such as anaphylaxis, or a severe allergic reaction, after being vaccinated against the coronavirus.
Under the government’s relief program, those who are recognized as sufferers of vaccine-linked health damage are provided with aid including medical expenses and lump-sum death benefits.
As for COVID-19 vaccines, the government has to cover liability for damages on behalf of drugmakers.