Almost one billion baht in compensation has been paid out to Thais who suffered adverse side effects from the COVID-19 vaccine over the past eight months, says the National Health Security Office (NHSO).
About 927 million baht in compensation was approved between 5th April and 26th December, it said.
Out of the 11,707 people who filed a claim with authorities, 8,470 people, or 72.3% of all claimants, have been compensated, said Atthaporn Limpanyalert, spokesman and deputy secretary-general of the NHSO.
The claims were grouped into three categories, the first being claims filed by vaccine recipients who reported mild to moderate side effects after receiving their COVID-19 jab.
In total, there are 6,298 people in this category, Dr Limpanyalert said, noting they are eligible to receive no more than 100,000 baht in compensation from the government.
The second category, Dr Limpanyalert said, comprises claims filed by those who experienced temporary paralysis and/or loss of other bodily functions after they were vaccinated, noting the 210 people in this category will receive up to 240,000 baht in compensation.
The final category is made up of individuals who were left permanently paralysed or died after receiving their COVID-19 shot. The 1,962 people in this category are eligible to claim up to 400,000 baht in compensation.
Out of the 11,707 claims filed, 1,752 were rejected because the claimants failed to meet the criteria set out — 615 of whom have lodged an appeal.
Claimants are entitled to seek compensation for themselves and/or relatives without having to prove without doubt that their health condition was indeed caused by receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.
Dr Limpanyalert said the NHSO has set up 13 committees throughout the country to process the compensation claims, adding compensation will be paid within five days of the petition being approved.
Meanwhile, the NHSO transferred an additional 31.3 billion baht to 1,942 medical facilities and hospitals nationwide in October and November to help the fight against COVID-19, said NHSO secretary-general Jadet Thammathat-aree.