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Under the PREP Act program, vaccine producers seem to have very little to no liability for any injuries or deaths arising from a COVID-19 vaccine. It is unclear what benefits the program will provide to individuals. (Credit: Dejan Dundjerski/stock.adobe.com) Under the PREP Act program, vaccine producers seem to have very little to no liability for any injuries or deaths arising from a COVID-19 vaccine. It is unclear what benefits the program will provide to individuals. (Credit: Dejan Dundjerski/stock.adobe.com)

The COVID vaccine has brought on some positive health care developments, but, as with most vaccines and drugs on the market, it can also cause side effects ranging from pain, redness and swelling and fatigue to life-threatening blood clots. The possibility of such a severe reaction as blood clots brings forth the question of liability.

Since mid-December, when the first COVID-19 vaccines were administered in the United States, there has been a mad dash to get as many Americans vaccinated as soon as possible with hopes of achieving a level of herd immunity so we may resume our daily lives. The Federal Drug Administration authorized the first vaccine for emergency use on December 11, 2020, and since then, millions have received the vaccine. At the time of this writing, the U.S. is administering around 3,384,387 vaccines per day.

Hannah Smith

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