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‘Dear NHS Business Services Authority,
1) How many claims have been made to the VDPS due to an adverse reaction to a covid vaccine to date?
2)How many claimants have been notified of an outcome?
3)How many claims have been successful? Please provide a breakdown of which vaccine were used in the claims awarded.
4)How many claims have been rejected / unsuccessful?
5)What are the reasons for claims being rejected (causation, not meeting 60% threshold, ineligible to claim.) Please provide numbers? Please provide a breakdown of which vaccine was used in the claims when causation was accepted.
Please give a breakdown of levels of disability being rejected where causation has been accepted, in bands of disability level 0-19% 20% to 39% 40% to 59%
6) Is it possible to give the conditions that have met the criteria e.g VITT, GBS?.’
7) How many claims have been waiting over 12 months, 18 months for a decision?
8) How many of the successful claims involved a fatality?
9) How many requests for a mandatory reconsideration have been received?
How many have been determined? Of those determined how many have been allowed/ refused?
10) How many appeals to the tribunal have been filed? What are the outcomes?
11) How many claims not involving a Covid vaccine have been received since the NHSBSA took over administering the scheme Nov 21? How many have been awarded, and how many have been rejected on failing the 60% disability criteria?’
Your request was received on 14 October 2023 and I am dealing with it under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
All data as of 16 October 2023. All data relates to claims received by the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) and those transferred from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) on 1 November 2021. All figures provided for questions 1 to 10 relate to COVID-19 vaccines.
Fewer than five
Please be aware that I have decided not to release the full details where the total number of individuals falls below five. This is because the individuals could be identified, when combined with other information that may be in the public domain or reasonably available. This information falls under the exemption in section 40 subsections 2 and 3 (a) of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). This is because it would breach the first data protection principle as:
a - it is not fair to disclose individual’s personal details to the world and is likely to cause damage or distress. b - these details are not of sufficient interest to the public to warrant an intrusion into the privacy of the individual.
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Breach of confidentiality
Please note that the identification of individuals is also a breach of the common law duty of confidence. An individual who has been identified could make a claim against the NHSBSA for the disclosure of the confidential information.
The information requested is therefore being withheld as it falls under the exemption in section 41(1) ‘Information provided in confidence’ of the Freedom of Information Act.
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Please note, due to low numbers and low increases of numbers following disclosure of FOI-01448, (https://opendata.nhsbsa.net/dataset/foi-01448) we are unable to provide several of the figures requested. These have been detailed below. This is likely to happen because of the frequency of requests for the same information – once a month or more. We would advise that we would be less likely to need to apply exemptions if requests were submitted every three or six months.
7,713 claims have been received by the Vaccine Damage Payment Scheme (VDPS).
3,663 claimants have been notified of an outcome.
Please be advised following the disclosure of FOI 01448, this figure has increased by fewer than five at the time your request was received. Therefore, as detailed above in accordance with section 40(2) and section 41 of FOIA we are unable to provide an updated figure.
Our response to FOI 01448 stated that, as of 3 October 2023, 148 claimants have been notified that they are entitled to a Vaccine Damage Payment. Of the 148 claims, fewer than five were Pfizer and Moderna and the remaining claims were AstraZeneca.
Please be advised we have decided not to disclose this figure under section 40(2) and section 41 of the FOIA. This is because, when combined with other disclosed figures within this request, it would be possible to obtain the figure for question three.
Please be advised we have decided not to disclose these figures under section 40(2) and section 41 of the FOIA. This is because, when combined with other disclosed figures within this request, it would be possible to obtain the figure for question three.
Please be advised following disclosure of FOI-01448 there are fewer than five new conditions within the requested period. We have decided not to disclose these conditions under section 40 (2) and section 41 of the FOIA.
344 claims were received more than 12 months ago and have not yet reached an outcome. Of these 344 claims, 156 claims were received more than 18 months ago and have not yet reached an outcome.
As part of the process of the scheme, we need a full set of medical records for each claimant, and it can take time for the claimant’s healthcare providers to gather and securely supply copies of these records.
Once sent for assessment, the time it takes for the independent medical assessor to review a claim can vary from case to case depending on the individual circumstances of each claim.
Please be advised following the disclosure of FOI 01448, whereby the figure was 55 this figure has increased by fewer than five at the time your request was received. Therefore, as detailed above in accordance with section 40 (2) and section 41 of FOIA we are unable to provide an updated figure.
467 requests for a mandatory reversal have been received. 128 mandatory reversals have been reassessed. Of these, five claimants have been notified they are entitled to a Vaccine Damage Payment and the remaining have been rejected.
Fewer than 10 appeals have been received and are awaiting to be heard by a tribunal.
Please be advised we have decided not to disclose the specific figure under section 40 (2) and section 41 of the FOIA. This is due to low increases in numbers from previous FOI requests.
257 claims not involving a COVID-19 vaccine have been received by the VDPS. Fewer than five of these claims have been awarded. Fewer than five claims were unsuccessful because, although the claim met the criteria for causation, the independent medical assessor recommended that the vaccine has not caused severe disablement. Under the VDPS severe disablement means at least 60% disabled, based on Schedule 2 of The Social Security (General Benefit) Regulations 1982.
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|Last Updated||November 16, 2023, 09:40 (UTC)|
|Created||November 16, 2023, 09:39 (UTC)|