Vaccine Damage Payment Scheme claim data

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Dear NHS Business Services Authority,

1) How many claims have been made to the VDPS due to an adverse reaction
to a covid vaccine to date?

2)How many claimants have been notified of an outcome?

3)How many claims have been successful? Please provide a breakdown of which vaccine were used in the claims awarded.

4)How many claims have been rejected / unsuccessful?

5)What are the reasons for claims being rejected (causation, not meeting
60% threshold, ineligible to claim.) Please provide numbers? Please
provide a breakdown of which vaccine was used in the claims when causation
was accepted.

Please give a breakdown of levels of disability being rejected where causation has been accepted, in bands of disabilty level
0-19%
20% to 39%
40% to 59%

6) Is it possible to give the conditions that have met the criteria e.g
VITT, GBS?.’

7) How many claims have been waiting over 12 months, 18 months for a decision?

8) How many of the successful claims involved a fatality?

9) How many requests for a mandatory reconsideration have been received?

How many have been determined? Of those determined how many have been
allowed/ refused?

10) How many appeals to the tribunal have been filed? What are the outcomes?

11) How many claims not involving a Covid vaccine have been received since
the NHSBSA took over administering the scheme Nov 21? How many have been
awarded, and how many have been rejected on failing the 60% disability
criteria?

Yours faithfully,

Sheila Ward

NHSBSA Information-Rights, NHS Business Services Authority

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Dear Sheila Ward,

 

Thank you for your request for information about the following: 

 

1) How many claims have been made to the VDPS due to an adverse reaction
to a covid vaccine to date? 

 

2)How many claimants have been notified of an outcome? 

 

3)How many claims have been successful? Please provide a breakdown of
which vaccine were used in the claims awarded. 

 

4)How many claims have been rejected / unsuccessful? 

 

5)What are the reasons for claims being rejected (causation, not meeting
60% threshold, ineligible to claim.) Please provide numbers? Please
provide a breakdown of which vaccine was used in the claims when causation
was accepted. 

 

Please give a breakdown of levels of disability being rejected where
causation has been accepted, in bands of disabilty level 0-19% 20% to 39%
40% to 59% 

 

6) Is it possible to give the conditions that have met the criteria e.g
VITT, GBS?.’ 

 

7) How many claims have been waiting over 12 months, 18 months for a
decision? 

 

8) How many of the successful claims involved a fatality? 

 

9) How many requests for a mandatory reconsideration have been received? 

 

How many have been determined? Of those determined how many have been
allowed/ refused? 

 

10) How many appeals to the tribunal have been filed? What are the
outcomes? 

 

11) How many claims not involving a Covid vaccine have been received since
the NHSBSA took over administering the scheme Nov 21? How many have been
awarded, and how many have been rejected on failing the 60% disability
criteria? 

 

Your request was received on 24 September 2023 and I am dealing with it
under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. 

 

Response 

 

All data as of 3 October 2023. All data relates to claims received by the
NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) and those transferred from the
Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) on 1 November 2021. All figures
provided for questions 1 to 10 relate to COVID-19 vaccines. 

 

Question 1 

 

7,544 claims have been received by the Vaccine Damage Payment Scheme
(VDPS). 

 

Question 2 

 

3,519 claimants have been notified of an outcome. 

 

Question 3 

 

148 claimants have been notified they are entitled to a Vaccine Damage
Payment. Of the 148 claims, fewer than five were Pfizer and Moderna and
the remaining claims were AstraZeneca. 

 

Question 4 

 

3,371 claims have been rejected, and a further 213 did not meet the
criteria for medical assessment. 

 

Question 5 

 

3,128 claims were unsuccessful because the independent medical assessor
recommended that, on the balance of probabilities, the vaccine did not
cause the disability in question (causation). 

 

243 claims were unsuccessful because, although the claims met the criteria
for causation, the independent medical assessor recommended that the
vaccine has not caused severe disablement. Under the VDPS, severe
disablement means at least 60% disabled, based on Schedule 2 of The Social
Security (General Benefit) Regulations 1982. 

 

The requested breakdown by vaccine manufacturer has not been provided.
This is because the small changes in numbers when compared to figures
provided previously, in response to similar Freedom of Information
requests, could result in claimants being identified. 

 

Breakdown by disability level of claims where causation has been accepted,
but the threshold for severe disablement has not been met: 

 

Disability level 0-19% = 119 claims 

Disability level 20% to 39% = 88 claims 

Disability level 40% to 59% = Please be advised following the disclosure
of FOI 01359, whereby the figure was 33, this figure has increased by less
than 5 at the time your request was received. 

 

Each claimant is provided with a clinical assessment report, explaining
how the independent medical assessor reached their decision. In the
independent medical assessor's report, the level of disability is
sometimes reported as a range. Where the independent medical assessor has
reported the vaccinated person’s disability as a range, we've used the
upper number reported to categorise the claim, as you requested when we
sought clarification from you on 1 September 2023. For example, a claim
with a disability range reported as 20% to 40% falls into the 40% to 59%
category for the purpose of this FOI request. This data must therefore be
interpreted as a guide only, because it is not possible to determine the
accurate number of claims in each category. 

 

Question 6 

 

At the medical assessment stage, the independent medical assessor provides
a description of the assessed conditions they have been able to identify
from the claimant's medical records. This can sometimes be a mixture of
conditions. Conditions of the 148 claims awarded a Vaccine Damage
Payment: 

 

Acute Hypertension   

Acute sagittal sinus thrombosis  

Anaphylaxis  

Back pain  

Bacterial Pneumonia  

Bell's palsy  

Bilateral Sequential Optic Neuropathy  

Bleed on the brain  

Blood clot in the brain  

Blood clots   

Brain death  

Cardiopulmonary Thromboembolism  

Cerebral Venous Sinus Thrombosi  

Chronic heart disease  

Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy   

Confusion   

Cortical vein thrombosis  

Critical lower limb ischaemia  

Death   

Dizziness  

Epigastric pain   

Facial swelling   

Guillain-Barre syndrome  

Headaches  

Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura   

Immune thrombocytopenia  

Inflammation of lungs  

Intracerebral Haemorrhage   

Intracranial Haemorrhage  

Loss of sensation in upper limbs  

Loss of vision  

Mental health affected  

Multiple organ failure  

Myocardial Infarction  

Myocarditis  

Neuromyelitis optica   

Non-Aneurysmal Sub-Arachnoid Haemorrhage   

Pericarditis  

Pneumonia  

Rash 

Rhabdomylosis  

Seizures  

Stroke   

Subarachnoid Haemorrhage  

Thrombocytopaenia  

Transverse myelitis  

Vasculitis  

VITT 

 

 

Question 7 

 

361 claims were received more than 12 months ago and have not yet reached
an outcome. Of these 361 claims, 150 claims were received more than 18
months ago and have not yet reached an outcome. 

 

As part of the process of the scheme, we need a full set of medical
records for each claimant, and it can take time for the claimant’s
healthcare providers to gather and securely supply copies of these
records. 

 

Once sent for assessment, the time it takes for the independent medical
assessor to review a claim can vary from case to case depending on the
individual circumstances of each claim. 

 

Question 8 

 

55 of the claims where an award outcome has been communicated were made on
behalf of someone who has died. 

 

Question 9 

 

431 requests for a mandatory reversal have been received. 113 mandatory
reversals have been reassessed. Of these, five claimants have been
notified they are entitled to a Vaccine Damage Payment and the remaining
have been rejected. 

 

Question 10 

 

Fewer than five appeals have been received and are awaiting to be heard by
a tribunal. 

 

 

Question 11 

 

257 claims not involving a COVID-19 vaccine have been received by the
VDPS. Fewer than five of these claims have been awarded. Fewer than five
claims were unsuccessful because, although the claim met the criteria for
causation, the independent medical assessor recommended that the vaccine
has not caused severe disablement. Under the VDPS severe disablement means
at least 60% disabled, based on Schedule 2 of The Social Security (General
Benefit) Regulations 1982. 

 

For responses which involve fewer than five patients: 

 

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a - it is not fair to disclose claimant personal details to the world and
is likely to cause damage or distress. b - these details are not of
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of the claimant. 

 

Please click the below web link to see the exemption in full. 

 

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Please note that the identification of claimants is also a breach of the
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The information requested is therefore being withheld as it falls under
the exemption in section 41(1) ‘Information provided in confidence’ of the
Freedom of Information Act. 

 

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