Program Description

The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) is a Federal "no-fault" system designed to compensate individuals, or families of individuals, who have been injured by childhood vaccines, whether administered in the private or public sector. The VICP is a no-fault alternative to the traditional tort system for resolving vaccine injury claims that provides compensation to people thought to be injured by certain vaccines. The U. S. Court of Federal Claims decides who will be paid. Three Federal government organizations have a role in the VICP:

  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
  • The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)
  • The U.S. Court of Federal Claims (the Court)
The VICP is administered by HHS, Health Resources and Services Administration, Healthcare Systems Bureau, Division of Injury Compensation Programs.

General Program Requirements

In order to qualify for this benefit program, you or your family/household members must be suffering from an injury or illness caused by certain vaccines.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

Please visit the How to File a Claim page for information on how to file a claim.

Program Contact Information

Additional Information

Number of People Served by this Program (Approximate)Anyone who is seriously injured by a covered vaccine can file a claim for compensation.
Entities Eligible for Grant AssistanceNon-Tribal Entities
Current Method of Tribal EligibilityNo Set-aside; Tribes Eligible with Other Entities
Do Tribes compete with other entities for funding from the program?No
Type of Assistance ProvidedInjury Compensation
Recurring Base Funding for TribesNo
Matching Funds RequiredYes
Can the funding from the program be renewedNo

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