National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program: Removal of Separate Category for Vaccines Containing Live, Oral, Rhesus-Based Rotavirus From the Vaccine Injury Table
Through this interim final rule, the Secretary removes the category of vaccines containing live, oral, rhesus-based rotavirus, Category XII, from the Vaccine Injury Table (Table). The Table includes a list of covered vaccines under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP). The VICP provides a system of no-fault compensation for certain individuals who have been injured by covered childhood vaccines. This interim final rule is technical in nature. Even prior to the publication of this final rule, Category XII, the category that is being removed from the Table, only applied to vaccines that were administered on or before August 26, 2002. Given the applicable statute of limitations and the fact that Category XII limited its application to vaccines administered on or before August 26, 2002, the Secretary believes that no persons have claims that could be pursued under that category. Petitioners may still be able to file petitions relating to rotavirus vaccines under Category XI of the Table, the category of ``rotavirus vaccines,'' which does not include any associated injuries. Although the Secretary believes that the changes made in this interim final rule are noncontroversial as they do not affect the rights of any potential petitioners with the VICP, the Department is seeking public comment on this interim final rule. Written comments must be submitted on or before November 10, 2008. The Department will consider the comments received and will decide whether to amend the Table based on such comments.