COVID-19 Vaccine Injury Compensation Programs

Did you have a severe reaction to the COVID-19 vaccine? There are 2 programs in the United States to help people with vaccine reactions – but only one of them currently accepts COVID-19 claims.

It’s called the CICP – Countermeasures Injury Compensation Program – but it almost never awards money. Only about 8% of the people who applied to the CICP with vaccine injuries in the past have ever gotten payouts. The CICP lacks the protections of the US legal system. There is no transparency, no court, no judge, and no right to appeal. Decisions about compensation are made in a black hole by a nameless administrator.

Our law firm has concluded that there is nothing our attorneys can do to significantly assist you in filing a claim in the Countermeasures program. This doesn’t mean you should or should not file a claim in the CICP, simply that we do not believe there is a role for effective legal representation in the CICP administrative process.

The attorneys at Maglio Christopher & Toale, P.A. are leading a national effort to move COVID-19 vaccines into a better program – one that’s already paid out more than $4-billion dollars to thousands of people with vaccine injuries. It’s called the VICP – Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.  The VICP has transparency, a court, independent judges, a right to present evidence of your injury, and the ability to appeal your case up to the Supreme Court.

Right now the VICP does NOT cover COVID-19 vaccine reactions. We believe that’s going to change soon. If and when it happens, we want to make sure you know about it right away and are ready to file a potential claim if you qualify. 

Laws Proposed to Modernize Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) May Include COVID-19 Shots

On June 10, 2021, a bipartisan group of United States Representatives introduced a bill to modernize the current Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP). The key elements of the bill would:

  1. Speed up the time it takes to add new vaccines to the VICP.
  2. Increase the statute of limitation to file a claim from 3 years to 5 years.
  3. Add more judges to the program so claims are processed faster.
  4. Increases the amount of damages that can be awarded 
  5. Expands the types of vaccines that can be covered by the VICP to include adult vaccines in addition to childhood vaccinations.
This proposed legislation could add COVID-19 vaccines into the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP), making it easier for people with severe reactions to file a claim in the program.  We will update you as the bill proceeds through the lawmaking process. 

Click for Help with COVID-19 Vaccine Injury Claims

Complete a pre-claim questionnaire to prepare for a potential claim in the VICP. Get notified when it’s time to start a COVID-19 vaccine injury case review.

Is There Anything Else I Can Do Now?

File a patient report in the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) and save a copy of it. 

We include a copy of the VAERS report if we file a VICP claim for you. There is a link to the VAERS form after you hit submit on the pre-claim questionnaire below.   

The VAERS database tracks side effects from vaccinations like COVID-19. The VAERS staff tracks down vaccine doses and matches them to people reporting side effects within days. This massive database is managed by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and CDC (Centers for Disease Control).


You’ll be directed to the online VAERS report form at the completion of the pre-claim COVID-19 vaccine injury questionnaire

Our Experience in the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP)

About the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program VICP

  • Created in 1986 to compensate people injured by certain approved or “covered” vaccines.
  • $4 billion dollar trust fund to pay for people’s vaccine injuries. It’s funded by a .75-cent tax on each vaccine administered.
  • VICP has paid out billions of dollars to thousands of people with vaccine injuries.
  • The process takes place in a court with a judge or magistrate and the Department of Justice acts as the defense attorneys. This is also why you should have an attorney represent you in the VICP
  • Your legal fees are 100% paid for by the program.
  • You keep all of the money you win from your claim if it’s successful. There is NO contingency fee to share with your lawyer.

Complete a Pre-Claim COVID-19 Vaccine Injury Questionnaire

This gives our attorneys a head start to evaluate if you’re eligible for the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP). 

You’ll be among the first to know when the VICP opens up for claims.

Our Attorneys in the News about COVID-19 Vaccine Injuries

Altom Maglio interviewed by Reuters

Reuters’ Article on cICP

Attorney Altom Maglio is interviewed by Reuters about the “black hole” for  COVID-19 vaccine injury compensation and what can be done to make the program better.

Altom Maglio interviewed by Bloomberg Law News

Bloomberg Law Article on Covid-19 Vaccine

Managing Partner, Altom Maglio, interviewed by Bloomberg over Covid-19 shot and the VICP. 

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Altom Maglio interviewed by CNBC

CNBC Article on Compensation for Rare COVID-19 Vaccine Injuries

Altom Maglio, Managing Partner, interviewed by CNBC regarding limited compensation available for victims of covid vaccine injuries.

Altom Maglio interviewed by Bloomberg Law News

Bloomberg Law Article on VICP

Managing Partner, Altom Maglio, interviewed by Bloomberg over changes to the vaccine program and what it means for COVID injuries. 

Anne Toale Interviewed by WSB-TV in Atlanta

Atlanta’s WSB-TV Channel 2 Story on CICP

WSB Channel 2 explains the difference between VICP and CICP and why the Countermeasures program is a black hole of secrecy. – SIRVA in News Briefs

“SIRVA is the vaccine injury you have never heard of- and there’s a ‘court’ for it.

Anne Toale Interviewed by USA TODAY

USA TODAY on Last Minute Changes to Vaccine Program

“‘The worst possible time’: HHS gives cold shoulder to victims of common vaccine injury.”
By Ken Alltucker

Anne Toale Interviewed by Fox 4 News

ABC 7 News Interview with Anne Toale and her Vaccine Injury Client

ABC 7 News Anchor Jacqueline Matter interviews Attorney Anne Toale and her former vaccine injury client Curtis Devlin about the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program and COVID-19 vaccines.


Anne Toale Interviewed by Fox 4 News

Fox 4 News at 6pm – Kansas City

“Metro healthcare worker describes severe allergic reaction to COVID-19 vaccine.” Reporter: Kera Mashek

Anne Toale Interviewed by Bloomberg News

Bloomberg Article on COVID-19 Vaccine Compensation

“The Rush for a Vaccine Leaves Little Recourse for Anyone It Harms” By Valerie Bauman and Susan Decker
Anne Toale Interviewed by USA TODAY


“Government program tapped to pay for COVID-19 vaccine injuries rarely sides with consumers.” By Ken Alltucker

Anne Toale Interviewed by Associated Press

Associated Press Article on CICP

“Rare vaccine injury claims steered to obscure federal office.”  By Bernard Condon and Matt Sedensky

Anne Toale Interviewed by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Associated Press Article on CICP

“Can your employer make you get the COVID-19 vaccine? Legal experts say the answer is yes.”  By Bruce Vielmetti
Altom Maglio Interviewed by network news crew

CNBC Interview About CICP

Attorney Altom Maglio interviewed on camera for an upcoming network news story on the pitfalls of the Countermeasures Injury Compensation Program and why the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program is the right place for COVID-19 claims.

Altom Maglio Featured Speaker

Continuing Legal Education & Training Webinar

Attorney Altom Maglio’s presentation: Legal Issues Raised from Adverse Medical Side-Effects of the COVID-19 Vaccine

Content Reviewed by Anne Carrión Toale - Vaccine Injury Lawyer

Anne Carrión Toale
Anne Carrión Toale, Esq. is a vaccine injury attorney at Maglio Christopher & Toale, P.A. Anne helps vaccine injury clients get compensation from the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP) before the Vaccine Court in the United States Court of Federal Claims. Ms. Toale has served as past President of the Vaccine Injured Petitioners Bar Association, where she provided education and assistance to other attorneys throughout the United States practicing in the area of vaccine injury compensation.