Only One-fifth of Vaccine Injury Compensation Cases Concluded 疫苗受害救濟 結案占1/5.補助件數低於1成

The KMT legislative caucus held a press conference to criticize the government's handling of vaccine injury compensation cases. So far, less than 10 percent of the cases received compensation.
 


Chen Hung-yu, COVID-19 Vaccine Injury Compensation applicant: “We had to wait for masks to become available, wait for vaccines to become available, and also wait for the rapid test kits. Of course, I had to wait again now for my case to be reviewed. I've been waiting for so long, it's been almost a year. ”

Mr. Chen in his mid-40s, received his first shot of BNT last October and developed the multisystem inflammatory syndrome. He applied to the government for vaccine injury compensation but it's been a year and he has not yet received an answer. The KMT legislative caucus held a press conference to criticize government inefficiency and said that Mr. Chen's case is only the tip of the iceberg. They said the government should have more empathy and speed up the review process for vaccine injury compensation cases.

William Tseng, KMT Legislative Caucus Whip: “We castigate the Tsai administration for lack of empathy. The Tsai administration is unsympathetic toward the vaccine victims and it just hurts them again.”

Up till Nov. 24, 2022, only 1,495 out of 7,042 cases of vaccine injury compensation have been concluded, according to Taiwan Centers for Disease Control. The KMT called it at a snail's pace and unmerciful.

Cheng Cheng-chien, Deputy Secretary-general, KMT Legislative Caucus: “Very few (vaccine injury) cases have been discussed. Compensation rates are even lower. In October and November, very few cases got passed, less than 10 percent.”

Victor Wang, Chief, Central Epidemic Command Center: “We've sped up (the review process) already. Now we are divided up into groups to do the review. If needed we'll arrange for more staff to work on the process of review.”

The KMT legislative caucus is calling for three changes to the vaccine injury compensation program: to simplify and speed up the review process, and to be more lenient with the compensation. The Central Epidemic Command Center Chief Victor Wang responded that they are working on those issues already.

 

 

疫苗受害救濟申請人陳宏宇表示:「口罩也要排隊、疫苗也要排隊、快篩也要排隊、我審議當然也要排隊。我等了好久,等了快1年了。」

40多歲的陳先生,去年10月接種第1劑BNT疫苗後,出現全身多系統發炎症候群,並申請預防接種受害救濟。但是苦等1年,審議結果還沒出爐,還在排隊。立法院國民黨團召開記者會批評,陳先生的案例只是冰山一角,政府應該要有同理心,加速審議疫苗接種受害救濟案件。

立法院國民黨團總召曾銘宗說:「嚴厲的批評蔡政府沒有同理心,這個蔡政府沒有溫度,還讓這種疫苗的受害民眾二次傷害。」

而根據疾管署統計,到今(2022)年11月24日為止,申請新冠疫苗受害救濟案件有7042件,只結案1495件。國民黨團認為,政府審查進度不僅牛步化,也沒有從寬認定。

立法院國民黨團副書記長鄭正鈐指出:「(疫苗)有關的部分很低,補助率更低。10月、11月這邊的時候呢,數字都很低,都不到1成。」

中央流行疫情指揮中心指揮官王必勝回應:「我們已經做過一次加速(審查),我們現在都用分組在審查、在做處理。那如果有必要的時候,我們再更進一步的再增加人力。」

國民黨團提出3大訴求,包括救濟程序從簡、救濟時程從速、及損害賠償從寬。對此,王必勝回應強調,會加快審查速度,也按照既有的規定,從寬認定處理。

 

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