Vaccine Injury Compensation Program and COVID-19 Vaccines in Taiwan
Vaccination Injury Compensation Program (VICP) in Taiwan applies to all vaccinations, including publicly funded and self-paid vaccines, as well as emergency authorized COVID-19 vaccines. Compensation is based on scientific principles and case data to determine the causal relationship. The VICP commissioners will consider relevant information and search for references to determine the causality. Therefore, the vaccinee does not need to bear the burden of proof. In addition to medical experts, the committee also includes non-medical members with legal and social justice background. Cases are reviewed and checked by the general assembly after preliminary review. Taiwan VICP application is an easy, open and transparent, faster process and the approval and payment standards are relatively looser than in other countries. The system is expected to be convenient and to protect the rights and interests of the people.