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The Vaccine Damage Payment Scheme (VDPS) was established under the Vaccine Damage Payments Act 1979.

It provides a one-off, tax-free, lump sum payment of £120,000, out of public funds. It is accessible to people over the age of 2 years who are (or were, immediately before their death) “severely disabled” as a result of vaccination against specific diseases or, in certain circumstances, through contact with a person who has been vaccinated against any of those diseases.

Successive governments have emphasised that it is not a compensation scheme but is instead intended to “ease the present and future burdens of those suffering from severe vaccine damage, and their families.”

This debate pack contains further information about the vaccine damage payment scheme, including eligibility, responsibility for administering the scheme, and processing claims.

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