102 people qualify for S$451,000 in Covid-19 vaccine injury financial aid to date: Ong Ye Kung
SINGAPORE — The authorities have approved S$451,000 worth of financial aid to people who had suffered serious side effects from Covid-19 vaccines in Singapore, Health Minister Ong Ye Kung said on Tuesday (July 6).
The payments have either been paid out or are being processed to 102 applicants under the Vaccine Injury Financial Assistance Programme (Vifap) introduced by the Government in January.
They were among a total of 292 applicants who had submitted a complete Vifap application as of June 25, Mr Ong said.
Of these, 159 did not meet the eligibility criteria and 31 applications are waiting to be reviewed by an independent clinical panel or pending more medical information from the applicant’s doctor.
Mr Ong was responding in a written answer to a parliamentary question filed by Ms He Ting Ru, Member of Parliament for Sengkang Group Representation Constituency, who had asked about the applications made and payments approved under the programme.
TODAY has asked the Ministry of Health (MOH) for details of these approved payouts.
Vifap provides three tiers of support to people assessed to be adversely affected by their Covid-19 inoculation.