Canada will pay compensation if someone has serious side effects after being vaccinated. This was announced December 10 by the Public Health Agency of Canada.
Compensation will apply to all vaccines that are officially used with approval from the country’s Department of Health, including the COVID-19 vaccine.
The agency said it’s not uncommon for mild, harmless side effects to occur after vaccination and that this is the body’s normal reaction to gaining immunity to the disease. However, serious adverse reactions to the vaccine are also possible, but are extremely rare (less than one in a million).
It was because of severe cases of side effects that the Public Health Agency of Canada decided to introduce a support program for people with complications after vaccination.
On December 10, Health Canada approved the BNT162b2 coronavirus vaccine produced by U.S. company Pfizer and German company BioNTech for immunization of Canadian citizens.
Canada became the third country in the world to approve the widespread use of BNT162b2. The first was Great Britain (the decision was made on December 2), the second was Bahrain – the authorities of the country announced that they had approved the vaccine on December 5, writes Reuters.
As of the morning of December 13, COVID-19 had been confirmed in 458,500 people in Canada, 13,400 of whom had died, according to Johns Hopkins University in the United States, which tracks the spread of COVID-19.
An outbreak of coronavirus infection began in late 2019 in China. On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the spread of coronavirus a pandemic.