Monday, June 28, 2021
Katharine A. Van Tassel (Case Western Reserve University School of Law), Sharona Hoffman (Case Western Reserve University School of Law), Vulnerable Populations and Vaccine Injury Compensation: The Need for Legal Reform, in COVID-19 and the Law: Disruption, Impact and Legacy (I. Glenn Cohen et al., eds., Cambridge University Press forthcoming 2022):
This chapter argues that the potential for vaccine-related harms raises acute concerns for vulnerable populations. These harms have a disparate impact on low-income people, who are disproportionately non-White, and who have limited financial resources to obtain medical care, weather job losses, and pursue injury compensation. When a vaccine is given as a countermeasure during a declared public health emergency (PHE), the problem is acute because of the limited availability of injury compensation.