According to RÚV, three people in Iceland are being compensated for the side effects caused by the COVID-19 vaccination.
A total of 40 people applied for compensation. Two applications have already been rejected and the remaining 35 are being considered by the national health insurance agency SjúkratryggingarÍslands. According to the law, the state is responsible for any physical damage caused by vaccination.
Ingibjörg K. Þorsteins dóttir, Head of SjúkratryggingarÍslands, states that the application process takes time because each case needs to be investigated individually and the side effects experienced by people need to be monitored. The agency assesses whether the side effects are temporary or can cause permanent damage.
Insurance agents work closely with the National University of Landspitari to assess the severity of the damage. People suffering from long-term or permanent side effects were compensated.
The Icelandic Pharmaceutical Agency received 6,178 reports of side effects after COVID-19 vaccination, of which 300 were serious.