The UK Rules
Vaccine Damage Payment

Vaccine Damage Payment Scheme

In the United Kingdom, the Vaccine Damage Payment scheme is for people who become severely disabled as a result of a vaccination injury.

VDPS INFORMATION: The payment for vaccination injury is a statutory scheme.

That means you do not need to prove negligence to qualify or claim.

The Welfare State in the United Kingdom provides the provision for all the Vaccine Damage UK payments.

People who show suffering from a vaccination injury can get a substantial one-off payment. In 2021 the tax-free Vaccine Damage Payments stand at £120,000.

Those who are severely disabled resulting from vaccination against certain diseases may qualify. Find out if you are eligible for the Vaccine Damage Payment. This section also explains how much you could get, and how to apply.

Payment for Vaccine Injury affects other Benefits

Receiving a Vaccine Damage Payment may affect other benefits and entitlements including:

The effect of the payment on your benefits is dependent on several different factors. Most noticeably how you choose to get the money. It makes a difference if you have it paid into a trust or if take regular payments from the lump sum.

Note: Inform the office that deals with your tax credit claim or benefit if you get a Vaccine Damage Payment. Their contact information is on all correspondence letters they send to you.

Vaccine Damage UK Payment Amount

The Vaccine Damage Payment amount is £120,000. It is a single tax free award. In most cases the payment goes direct to you, the beneficiary.

In cases where you are under 18 years old (or unable to manage your own affairs) it gets paid to trustees. Like most benefits and allowances the money gets paid into a secure account.

Note: Your parents may get appointed as trustees if you still live with your family.

Vaccination Injury Eligibility Criteria

Are you severely disabled and was your disability caused by vaccination against any of these diseases? If so you could get a Vaccine Damage Payment:

The same applies if you had a combined vaccination against several listed diseases. An Example: you might have been vaccinated against MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) or DTP (diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis).

You may also be eligible for the Vaccine Damage Payment Scheme if you are severely disabled because either:

Definition of Severely Disabled

Disablement gets calculated as a percentage. Severe disablement means the calculation results in at least 60% disabled. The result can be for a mental or physical disablement. It gets based on medical evidence from the doctors or hospitals involved in your treatment.

When and Where the Vaccination Occurred

As a rule you must have had the vaccination before your 18th birthday. An exception could be when it occurred during an outbreak of disease in the United Kingdom or Isle of Man. Other exceptions also apply for vaccinations against:

Note: The vaccination must have happened in the UK or the Isle of Man. But, having a vaccination as part of your armed forces medical treatment is an exception to this rule.

How to Claim Vaccine Damage Payment

You can apply by filling out the Vaccine Damage Payment Claim Form VAD1A. Your parent or guardian should claim on your behalf if you are under 18 years old. Contact the Vaccine Damage Payment Unit to ask for the VDA1A claim form:

Vaccine Damage Payments Units
Telephone: 01772 899 944
Textphone: 0800 731 0317
Monday to Thursday: 8:30am to 5pm
Friday: 8:30am to 4:30pm
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Send the completed VAD1A claim form to:

Vaccine Damage Payments Unit
Palatine House
Lancaster Road
Preston PR1 1HB

VDPS Time Limits for Claims

You cannot claim for a child until they are 2 years old. You must claim for an adult by applying by whichever is the latest of these dates:

How to Appeal a Vaccine Damage Payment Decision

If you disagree with a DLA decision you can appeal to the Social Security and Child Support Tribunal. But, as a rule you must first ask for 'mandatory reconsideration' before you lodge your appeal.

Statutory Award Scheme for Vaccine Injury in the United Kingdom