On June 18, 2019, Pam Belluck and Reed Abelson from the New York Times published an article addressing the question of whether the existence of the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program signaled that vaccines are unsafe. The authors begin their article by noting that over 6,600 claims have been compensated in the Vaccine Program since its inception, and the correlating payouts have totaled over $4 billion.
From 2013 to 2017, the vaccine program has paid out an average of $229 million a year to injured victims and their families, with the average payment approximating $430,000. As America enters the worst measles outbreak since the disease was declared eradicated two decades ago, it is worth examining this rarely talked about element of vaccination requirements. The Vaccine Injury Compensation Program has long percolated at the heart of misinformation and misunderstanding. It also raises questions about where large sums of tax money are flowing.