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Capitol Health Call
May 7, 2003

Top Researchers Reassure Senate on SARS Threat

JAMA. 2003;289(17):2202. doi:10.1001/jama.289.17.2202-a

Before adjourning for a 2-week April recess, the House and Senate passed a bill providing payments to families of those injured, disabled, or killed by smallpox vaccination. The bills passed after the White House pulled a provision demanding vaccination for some 500 000 "first responders" within 180 days.

Individuals permanently disabled by the vaccine will receive 66% of their wages, or 75% if the person has a spouse or dependents, up to $50 000 per year. Those who are not disabled but who miss work will be reimbursed for lost wages, up to $50 000 annually. The measure also provides the spouse of a person who died $262 000.