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Denmark gives woman compensation for Covid-19 vaccine side effects

A 30-year-old woman from the Greater Copenhagen region has become the first person in Denmark to receive compensation for side effects caused by Covid-19 vaccination.

Denmark gives woman compensation for Covid-19 vaccine side effects
File photo: Philip Davali/Ritzau Scanpix

The woman was affected by the rare, but serious blood clots technically known as vaccine-induced immune thrombotic thrombocytopenia (VITT) after receiving the vaccine from AstraZeneca, the Danish patient compensation board (Patienterstatningen) confirmed to newspaper Politiken .

“After reading the woman’s patient records, there was no doubt,” the board’s director Karen-Inger Bast told the newspaper.

She was hospitalised after receiving the vaccine in January. She experiences severe headaches a few days after being given the jab and was later diagnosed with blood clots in her brain and liver. She was subsequently diagnosed with VITT.

The compensation body upheld her claim that the blood clots with which she was diagnosed were related to the vaccine.

“VITT was confirmed and the case was approved because there was a specific set of signs and symptoms which are a rare and serious side effect after (AstraZeneca) vaccination against Covid-19. There is a clear causation link,” Bast said.

So far, the compensation board has ruled the woman can be compensated for sick days from work by discomfort caused by the side effects.

She could also be entitled to further compensation should she suffer longer-term issues related to the side effects.

Because she was given the vaccine in connection with her job, she also has a potential claim for compensation for workplace injury, Politiken writes.

“If she has long-term cognitive injuries after the blood clots, compensation could reach several hundred thousand kroner,” Bast told the newspaper.

The patient compensation board is currently processing 158 claims relating to side effects from coronavirus vaccines.

Of these, 115 relate to the AstraZeneca vaccine, while 38 are from Pfizer vaccinations and 5 from Moderna.

“Patients and doctors should know that (the compensation board) covers all serious side effects from approved vaccines. That includes the Covid-19 vaccines from AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson, even though they have been withdrawn from the vaccination programme,” Bast said.

“Generally, we often see injuries from vaccination. We also see them from, for example, vaccination against influenza and children’s diseases. That’s also how it will be with Covid-19, with up to 5 million people being vaccinated,” she added, stressing that this is “incredibly unfortunate for the individual, which is why it’s good that compensation is possible”.

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  1. Then what is the difference between vaccines approved in the national programme vs. vaccines outside the national program. The compensation board covers all serious side effects from approved vaccines including J&J and AZ.

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COVID-19

Covid deaths in Sweden ‘set to rise in coming weeks’

The Public Health Agency of Sweden has warned that the number of weekly Covid deaths is set to rise, after the number of people testing positive for the virus rose for the sixth week running.

Covid deaths in Sweden 'set to rise in coming weeks'

According to the agency, an average of 27 people have died with or from the virus a week over the past three weeks. 

“According to our analyses, the number who died in week 27 (July 4th-July 11th), is more than died in week 26 and we expect this to continue to grow,” the agency wrote in a report issued on Thursday. 

In the week ending July 17th (week 28), 4,700 new cases of Covid-19 were registered, a 22 percent rise on the previous week. 

“We are seeing rising infection levels of Covid-19 which means that there will be more people admitted to hospital, and even more who die with Covid-19,”  said Anneli Carlander, a unit chief at the agency. “The levels we are seeing now are higher than they were last summer, but we haven’t reached the same level we saw last winter when omicron was spreading for the first time.” 

While 27 deaths a week with for from Covid-19 is a rise on the low levels seen this spring, it is well below the peak death rate Sweden saw in April 2020, when more than 100 people were dying a day. 

The number of Covid deaths recorded each week this summer. Source. Public Health Agency of Sweden
A graph of Covid deaths per day since the start of the pandemic shows that the current death rate, while alarming, remains low. Photo: Public Health Agency of Sweden

Carlander said that cases were rising among those in sheltered accommodation for the elderly, and also elderly people given support in their own homes, groups which are recommended to get tested for the virus if they display symptoms. The infection rate among those given support in their homes has risen 40 percent on last week. 

This week there were also 12 new patients admitted to intensive care units with Covid-19 in Sweden’s hospitals.  

The increase has come due to the new BA.5 variant of omicron, which is better able to infect people who have been vaccinated or already fallen ill with Covid-19. Vaccination or a past infection does, however, give protection against serious illness and death. 

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