“The family of the deceased was compensated THB400,000, which is the maximum rate in case of death or total disability, said Chalor Santiwarangkhana, director of NHSO Region 4 office. He added that eight other vaccine recipients under Region 4 – Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Saraburi, Ayutthaya, Lop Buri, Sing Buri, Ang Thong and Nakhon Nayok – received a total of THB69,000 compensation for adverse reactions.
NHSO criteria for compensation are as follows:
- Maximum THB400,000 for death or total disability
- Maximum THB240,000 for loss of an organ or disability
- Maximum THB100,000 for continuous injury or sickness
Affected recipients or their family members can file a case at public hospitals, provincial public health offices or NHSO branch offices nationwide. Each case takes up to five days of consideration.
“The deceased was a 50-year-old man residing in Pathum Thani. He reportedly had trouble breathing after receiving Covid-19 vaccine and died five days later,” said Chalor. “NHSO agreed to pay compensation of THB400,000 to the man’s family to alleviate their financial burdens as the deceased was the sole earner for the family.”
On Tuesday, NHSO secretary-general Jadet Thammathat-Aree said that compensation was considered preliminary aid during emergency situations, when patients or family members can file cases immediately without an autopsy or medical investigation results.
“Once the compensation is paid it will not be recalled, even if later investigation reveals that the death/injuries are not directly related to the vaccine,” said Jadet.
A news source added that NHSO’s Region 1 office will on Friday give a verdict on compensation for the family of a 46-year-old village headman in Phrae who died on May 18, less than 28 hours after being vaccinated.
Published : June 03, 2021
By : THE NATION