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Since mid-September of 2021, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has had one petition pending compensation from the Countermeasures Injury Compensation Program (CICP) alleging an anaphylaxis reaction from the jab. Just one.
And they state this pending case on each month’s report of petitions filed in the CICP.
I have been thinking about how much will this petitioner receive in compensation. Being the first case to be compensated, it might serve as a harbinger for the thousands to follow.
We know from past HRSA statements and policy, the maximum payout is approx. $365,000. No pain and suffering added on. No future medical care, which could cost tens of thousands to several million.
I sent a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request (Feb ’22) to HRSA officials asking for budgets for staffing for fiscal years 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023 and 2024. Also asking for budgets for compensation for the same fiscal years.
I finally received a response. And it was truly amazing that I received some information instead of no response or data has been redacted or some other lame excuse.
So here it is.
The budget for compensation for fiscal year 2022 is $931,936.00, which ends Sept. 30. Not even $1 million has been budgeted for compensation with more than 8,800 petitions for injury filed during the COVID-19 era from declared countermeasures.
How can this be? Our government, more precisely, HRSA is planning to compensate only one possibly up to three petitions this year. In the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP), the estimated dollar amount for compensation in fiscal year 2022 could be around $225 million for a projected 850 damage awards.
Comparing the VICP payments to the HRSA budget for compensation, that is 0.44%.
So let’s look at fiscal year 2023, which starts Oct. 1, 2022, thru Sept 30, 2023.
The budget for compensation is increased to only $5 million. HRSA knew last year the number of petitions would increase, yet they increased their budget by a factor of five.
I have seen in the VICP damage awards this large for one case. Future medical care is very expensive, especially for injury to a child.
Our government is in the business of protecting the nation’s vaccination and countermeasures program, not the injured.
Our government really does not want to compensate those who have been injured. U.S. Department of Justice attorneys who represent our government in the VICP along with HRSA want to grind compensation programs to a halt or slow trickle.
I would assume this being the way for the public to give up on seeking compensation and just accept the risks of vaccination.
Also included in the FOIA response were budgets for staffing and the costs for the use of contractors for clerical duties, managing information systems to process and managing workflow.
The budget for HRSA staffing for fiscal year 2022 for 42 federal staff and 12 contractors is $5 million. The budget for fiscal year 2023 for 42 federal staff and 20 contractors is $9.5 million. This truly represents how our government values paying staff versus compensating individuals who were injured or have died from a COVID-19 countermeasure.
The government agencies are all part of the executive branch of our federal government. The White House has shown no indication of providing additional funding, nor have the federal agencies asked Congress for additional funding.
We can change this. We have to get loud. Very loud. And we have to grow our numbers of people contacting Congress tenfold. Congress can address this but only if we get loud and show up in extremely large numbers.
Originally published on Wayne A. Rohde’s Substack page, The Vaccine Court.