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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
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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 That includes the Covid-19 vaccines from AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson, even though they have been withdrawn from the vaccination programme,” Bast said.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

New Covid-19 wave in Sweden ‘to peak at end of September’

Sweden's Public Health Agency has warned of a new autumn wave of Covid-19 which it expects to peak at the end of September.

New Covid-19 wave in Sweden 'to peak at end of September'

According to both of the two new scenarios published by the agency on Monday, infection rates are set to rise steadily over the next month, something the agency said was due to a falling immunity in the population and greater contact between people as they return to schools and workplaces after the summer. 

“It is difficult to say how high the peak will be, but it is unlikely that it will reach the same levels as in January and February,” the agency’s unit chief Sara Byfors said in a press release. “The most important thing is that people in risk groups and those who are 65 years old and above get vaccinated with a booster dose in the autumn to reduce the risk of serious illness and death.” 

Under Scenario 0, the amount of contact between people stays at current levels, leading to a peak in reported Covid-19 cases at around 5,000 a day. In Scenario 1, contact between people increases by about 10 percent from the middle of August, leading to a higher peak of about 7,000 reported cases a day. 

The agency said that employers should be prepared for many staff to be off sick simultaneously at points over the next month, but said in its release that it did not judge the situation to be sufficiently serious to require either it or the government to impose additional infection control measures. 

It was important, however, it said, that those managing health and elderly care continued to test those with symptoms and to track the chain of infections, that people go and get the booster doses when they are supposed to have under the vaccination programme, and that those who have symptoms of Covid-19 stay home. 

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