Small-Group Session

Who Will Pay for the Adverse Events Resulting from Smallpox Vaccination? Liability and Compensation Issues
April 4, 2003


Eileen Salinsky


This meeting provided an overview of the federal government’s 2003 smallpox vaccination program, with a particular focus on liability and compensation issues. Speakers described a number of concerns, including the safety of health care workers, the perception of risk, and the lack of adequate public health resources. A comparative side-by-side analysis of the various compensation proposals was presented and a panel of resource experts shared their expertise on vaccine injury compensation and workers’ compensation and the relationship of these programs to the current smallpox vaccination program.


Georges C. Benjamin, MD, Executive Director, American Public Health Association; William J. Schuler, President and Chief Executive Officer, Portsmouth Regional Hospital; Susan Thaul, PhD, Specialist in the Regulation of Prescription Drugs and Biologics, Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress; Leslie I. Boden, PhD, Professor of Environmental Health, School of Public Health, Boston University; Gary J. Golkiewicz, JD, Chief Special Master of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims; Robert McGarrah, JD, Coordinator, Workers’ Compensation, AFL CIO

Related Materials

More information available in the accompanying publication, Issue Brief No. 788.

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