The COVID-19 Vaccine Facility No-Fault Compensation Scheme provides access to timely, clear and fair compensation to eligible vaccine recipients who have suffered a Serious Adverse Event resulting in permanent impairment or death associated with a COVID-19 Vaccine, or the administration of such a Vaccine, that is covered by the Scheme.
On this page you will find:
- General information about the Scheme.
- The Scheme Protocol which sets out the rules of the Scheme and outlines the eligibility requirements for compensation and the claims process.
- The Schedules to the Scheme Protocol, which contain additional information about the Scheme and the additional forms that can be downloaded and submitted alongside the Claim Form.
A summary of general information about the Scheme. Please ensure you also read the Scheme Protocol which contains the detailed rules of the Scheme and the process of how to make an Application.
The Scheme Protocol sets outs the procedures and terms and conditions that apply to the Scheme. Before submitting a Claim for compensation under the Scheme, you should read the Scheme Protocol and its Schedules carefully.
Download and print various forms and other documents that are applicable to the Scheme including the Supporting Evidence Form which must be submitted for a Claim to be complete.
The Covid-19 Vaccine Facility No-Fault Compensation Scheme, established to provide fair compensation to eligible vaccine recipients who suffer a Serious Adverse Event related to a COVID-19 vaccination that has been either:
- procured and/or delivered by UNICEF on a Participating Country’s behalf;
- donated to a Participating Country through UNICEF; or
- formally included into the Scheme (but otherwise procured and/or delivered but not by or through UNICEF),
as detailed in the Scheme Protocol and its Schedules.
A serious untoward medical occurrence that (i) is sustained or suffered by a Patient following the administration of a Vaccine, and (ii) results in an Injury, as evidenced by the supporting evidence, using the form in Schedule 3 of the Scheme’s Protocol, required to evaluate a Claim and that shall include:
A COVID-19 vaccine received in any Participating Country that is either: (i) procured and/or delivered by UNICEF on a Participating Country's behalf; (ii) donated to a Participating Country through UNICEF; or (iii) formally included into the Scheme (but otherwise procured and/or delivered but not by or through UNICEF), that:
- either (A) has licensure or authorisation from a stringent (“functional”) regulatory authority or (B) has received WHO prequalification, following licensure or authorisation from a stringent (“functional”) regulatory authority, or (C) has been issued authorisation for emergency use based on licensure or authorisation by a stringent (“functional”) regulatory authority; and
- is included in Schedule 1 of the Scheme’s Protocol, as updated from time to time; and
- has received all required approvals and authorisations for importation, distribution and use in the relevant country; and
- has not reached its Scope of Coverage Endpoint.
A written claim for compensation completed by a Claimant, using the Claim Form approved by and provided by the Administrator, as set forth in Schedule 2 of the Scheme’s Protocol, which must be accompanied by all Supporting Evidence.
The supporting evidence, using the form in Schedule 3 of the Scheme’s Protocol, required to evaluate a Claim and that shall include:
- detailed medical documentation from a Registered Healthcare Professional describing the Injury and medical treatment required as a result of the Injury, together with details of any Hospitalisation or prolonged Hospitalisation, including but not limited to admission and discharge records;
- a description of the nature, extent, functional impact and prognosis of the Injury, as assessed by the Registered Healthcare Professional.
- a statement from the Registered Healthcare Professional that the Injury was, in the Registered Healthcare Professional’s opinion, the result of the Vaccine or its administration;
- certification from a Registered Healthcare Professional of when, where and which Vaccine was administered;
- in the case of death, a death certificate and any other documentation available from a Registered Healthcare Professional of the cause and manner of death; and
- any further evidence that the Administrator may deem necessary to adjudicate the Claim and/or Receivable Claim, as applicable, guided, as appropriate, by the Scientific Advisory Committee, the Review Panel, and/or the Appeals Panel.