COVID-19 vaccine shot

The Seoul Administrative Court has rejected a request for compensation filed by the family of a 88 year old woman who died in April 2021, two hours after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine shot.

After her death, her family filed a request for compensation according to Article 71 of the Infectious Disease Control and Prevention Act, which provides for compensation for the side effects of vaccination. However, the relevant authorities denied the request, arguing that the woman’s death was due to aortic dissection and not from the vaccine. The family, then, filed a complaint before court. The court, however, noted that the woman was suffering from aortic dissection before the vaccination and that, therefore, the vaccination, although occurring right before the death - chronologically - cannot be considered as the direct cause of death.

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