For people with SIRVA and other Covid-19 vaccine injuries, I want to give my opinion on where I see things headed as far as the Covid-19 vaccine being added to the NVICP. For the first time of many I will say this is just one man’s opinion.
At this point, there has not been a substantial amount of progress. Frankly, I don’t think that many people in Washington are really thinking about people who have been injured by the vaccine. Given the current status of the pandemic and the current political climate, this seems to be an issue that is not on anyone’s radar.
I will continue to do all I can to get it onto the radar and I encourage everyone to do anything they can to also raise awareness. That being said, I will provide my hypothesis of what is going to happen. Please take this with a grain of salt since it is just one man’s thoughts. Also, this is not meant to be a political statement. This is just my opinion on where I see things going based on my own knowledge, research, and observations.
That being said, I feel that our country is just getting to a point where Covid exhaustion is going to give way to a loosening of Covid restrictions and more of an every person for themselves approach. The CDC will continue to provide vaccines, tools, and information to those who want it but the treatment of the Covid virus is going to become more and more similar to how we treat the influenza virus. Vaccines will continue to be developed regularly and provided to those who choose to get them. Some will. Some won’t. However, once this attitude shifts, which I believe it inevitably will, the Covid-19 vaccine will be added to the NVICP. The faster this shift in approach occurs the faster the Covid-19 vaccine will be added. However, when it is added, there is going to have to be an overhaul of the whole NVICP in order to accommodate for the increase in claims from people who have already been injured and those with future claims. This of course is going to require a significant expansion of the program and its staff which will obviously require money. I believe this money will come from a well overdue increase in the excise tax paid on vaccines which is currently still the seventy-five cents it was when the program was started around 1986.
The obvious question is when do you see this happening? Mind you, once again, this is conjecture, but I can’t see anything happening in 2022. However, I can see a scenario where the government and legislative wheels begin turning sometime in 2023 and the vaccine is added to an updated version of the NVICP in 2024.
If you have any questions, comments, ideas, or opinions I am always all ears. And, one last time, this is just my opinion. I will continue to do all I can to get the Covid-19 vaccine added to the NVICP as quickly as I can. If it were up to me, it would’ve been done already.