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A national vaccine injury compensation program, first announced in December 2020, was officially launched Tuesday, allowing Canadians who have experienced severe adverse reactions to an approved COVID-19 vaccine to apply for compensation. The Vaccine Injury Support program, announced in a statement issued by Dr. Theresa Tam, will provide financial support to those determined to have experienced a serious and permanent injury after receiving a Health Canada-authorized vaccine in Canada on or after Dec. 8, 2020. Anyone who experiences a severe adverse reaction to a COVID-19 vaccine will be eligible for compensation under the program by submitting a claim that answers the following questions: Where you vaccinated in Canada? Which province or territory did the vaccination occur? Was the date of the vaccination on or after December 8, 2020? Is the injury serious and permanent or has it resulted in death? According to the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), financial support will also be available to the dependents of those who have died after receiving a vaccination.

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