AstraZeneca Vaccine Compensation: How to make a claim?

We understand the concerns many of you may have regarding the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine and the rare cases of blood clots that have been associated with it. The government has established a framework to address these concerns and to provide compensation for those affected. This blog post aims to clarify the entitlement to compensation for blood clots linked to the AstraZeneca vaccine and to guide you through the process of making a claim.

Background on AstraZeneca and Blood Clots

The AstraZeneca vaccine has been a crucial tool in the fight against COVID-19. However, it has been linked to a rare side effect known as Vaccine-Induced Immune Thrombotic Thrombocytopenia (VITT). Although the risk is extremely low, it has understandably raised concerns among vaccine recipients.

Government’s Compensation Scheme

In response to these concerns, the government has set up a compensation scheme to support individuals who experience significant adverse reactions, such as VITT, following vaccination. This scheme is designed to provide financial relief to those affected and to acknowledge the rare but serious nature of this side effect.

Who is Entitled?

You may be entitled to compensation if you meet the following criteria:

1. Diagnosis: You have been diagnosed with a serious condition directly linked to the AstraZeneca vaccine, such as VITT.

2. Causation: There is medical evidence indicating that the condition was caused by the vaccine.

3. Severity: The condition has resulted in a significant impact on your health, including hospitalization, long-term disability, or other serious health outcomes.

Steps to Make a Claim

1. Medical Evidence: Gather all relevant medical records and documentation that support your diagnosis and link it to the AstraZeneca vaccine.

2. Claim Form: Obtain and complete the government’s vaccine injury compensation claim form. This form will require detailed information about your health condition and how it has affected your life.

3. Submission: Submit the completed form along with your medical evidence to the designated government body handling vaccine injury claims.

4. Review Process: Your claim will be reviewed by medical experts and government officials who will assess the validity of your case.

5. Decision: You will receive a decision on your claim, which will outline the compensation amount if your claim is approved.

What Compensation Covers

The compensation provided can cover a range of costs and losses, including:

– Medical expenses

– Lost income due to inability to work

– Rehabilitation and ongoing care costs

– Compensation for pain and suffering

Seeking Legal Assistance

Navigating the claims process can be complex, and having professional guidance can significantly increase the chances of a successful claim. Our firm specialises in vaccine injury claims and can assist you in preparing a comprehensive and robust application. We will work closely with you to ensure all necessary documentation is provided and that your case is presented effectively.


While the occurrence of blood clots from the AstraZeneca vaccine is rare, the government has acknowledged the need to support those affected. If you or a loved one has experienced serious side effects following the AstraZeneca vaccination, you may be entitled to compensation. We are here to assist you every step of the way to ensure you receive the support and compensation you deserve.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for more information or to discuss your specific situation.

Understanding Vaccine-Induced Immune Thrombotic Thrombocytopenia (VITT)

Vaccine-Induced Immune Thrombotic Thrombocytopenia, or VITT, is a rare but serious condition that has been linked to certain COVID-19 vaccines, including AstraZeneca’s. Here’s a comprehensive overview of what VITT is and what it means for those affected.

What is VITT?

VITT stands for Vaccine-Induced Immune Thrombotic Thrombocytopenia. It is a condition characterised by the formation of blood clots (thrombosis) and low platelet counts (thrombocytopenia). This condition can lead to significant health complications, including:

Blood Clots: These can occur in various parts of the body, including veins and arteries, leading to potentially life-threatening conditions such as deep vein thrombosis (DVT), pulmonary embolism, and cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST).

Low Platelet Counts: Platelets are cells in the blood that help with clotting. A low platelet count can lead to increased bleeding and difficulty in stopping bleeding.

How Does VITT Occur?

VITT is believed to be an immune-mediated condition, where the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks its own platelets or the components involved in blood clotting. This immune response is thought to be triggered by the vaccine, although the exact mechanism is still under investigation.

Symptoms of VITT

Symptoms of VITT typically appear within 4 to 30 days after vaccination and can include:

  • Severe headache
  • Blurred vision
  • Abdominal pain
  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Swelling or redness in a limb
  • Unusual bleeding or bruising
  • If you experience any of these symptoms after vaccination, it is crucial to seek medical attention immediately.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Diagnosing VITT involves a combination of clinical evaluation, blood tests to measure platelet levels and clotting factors, and imaging studies to identify blood clots. Treatment typically includes:

Blood Thinners: To prevent further clotting.

Intravenous Immunoglobulin (IVIG): To reduce the immune response.

Plasma Exchange: In severe cases, to remove antibodies from the blood.

Risk and Prevalence

It’s important to note that VITT is extremely rare. The benefits of vaccination in preventing COVID-19 far outweigh the risks of developing VITT for the vast majority of people. However, awareness and prompt treatment are key to managing this condition effectively.

While the link between the AstraZeneca vaccine and VITT has raised concerns, it remains a rare occurrence. Understanding the symptoms and seeking immediate medical help if they appear can lead to better outcomes. For those who are affected, the government’s compensation scheme provides a pathway to support and financial assistance.

If you have any concerns or need further information regarding your entitlement to compensation, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. We are here to provide you with the necessary guidance and support.

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