Johnson, Republican senators propose bill to help victims of adverse vaccine reactions

Measure would amend current vaccine restitution statute.

Updated: March 12, 2022 - 3:13pm

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Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson and several other Senate Republicans this week proposed a bill that would, if passed, amend current vaccine injury statute to allow for restitution due to adverse reactions from the COVID vaccine.

The measure, dubbed the Countermeasure Injury Compensation Amendment Act, would if passed amend that law to “improve responsiveness, create a commission to examine the injuries directly caused as a result of COVID-19 countermeasures, and allow those whose claims have been previously rejected [under the CICA] to resubmit claims for new consideration,” Johnson’s office said in a press release.

Health authorities and patients have reported widespread, though comparatively rare, adverse reactions to the COVID vaccine, ranging from the mild to the severe. Johnson has since last summer been highlighting the injuries that some patients have suffered due to the shot. 

Johnson “will continue to advocate for the vaccine injured so their stories can be seen, heard and believed in order to get the treatment they need,” his office said in the press release. 

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