Pregnant Women Get Clearer Path for HHS Vaccine Injury Payouts

Dec. 1, 2021, 6:56 PM

Pregnant women are expected to have an easier time getting government compensation for rare vaccine injuries under a new Health and Human Services rule released Wednesday.

The final rule means that any new vaccines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for routine administration to pregnant women will be covered under the federal Vaccine Injury Compensation Program if the HHS secretary agrees to add them. That would avoid the typical, lengthy notice-and-comment rulemaking process.

The rule doesn’t expand the current crop of vaccines eligible for compensation because, to date, all the vaccines recommended for routine administration to pregnant ...

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