Please join SafeMinds and the Vaccine Injured Petitioners Bar Association at a Congressional Briefing on May 18 at 10 am. The Briefing will discuss the current status of National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) and provide legislative recommendations to address a number of serious management concerns in the program. There has been no Congressional Oversight in more than a decade. SafeMinds is requesting that Congress hold investigational hearings on the VICP and work with the community to critically evaluate the program’s failures to provide accessible relief to victims and to address ongoing concerns regarding vaccine safety.
About the VICP: In 1986, Congress passed the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act which created the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. The Act had three purposes:
1) Provide liability protection to manufacturers and medical personnel who give vaccines as a means of protecting the vaccine supply.
2) Enhance the operation of the nation’s immunization programs.
3) Provide fair, expedited compensation to those who suffer vaccine injuries.
The program was designed as a ``no-fault'' alternative to litigation against vaccine manufacturers versus an exclusive remedy to civil court. It was envisioned by Congress to compensate ``quickly, easily and with certainty and generosity those individuals who are injured or die as a consequence of our universal vaccination policy” and to provide an opt-out to civil court if the litigant disagreed with the ruling. When there was doubt, the program was intended to err on the side of the injured.
Please join SafeMinds to hear from families who have filed petitions within the program and attorneys who represent petitioners in the VICP.
When: Friday, May 18, 2012 at 10 am
Where: The Rayburn Gold Room
(2168 Rayburn House Office Building)
For More Information, please contact Beth Clay at 202-498-4461