President Obama on June 25 signed into law legislation that would add seasonal vaccines that include four strains of virus to the list of taxable influenza vaccines subject to the 75-cents-per-dose excise tax imposed under the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) (P.L. 113-15). The VICP is administered by the Department of Health and Human Services.
Under law in effect prior to the enactment of P.L. 113-15, only vaccines that provide protection from three strains of virus were covered under the VICP, which operates like a no-fault alternative to tort law to resolve vaccine injury claims. The program requires that patients fund the VICP through a 75-cents-per-dose excise tax. Newer vaccines for the upcoming flu season are not covered under the VICP; as a result, manufacturers have delayed bringing the vaccines to market, lawmakers said.