Smallpox legislation passed

At the start of the smallpox vaccination program, there were concerns about compensation for individuals harmed by the vaccine, but Congress now has passed the Smallpox Emergency Personnel Protection Act of 2003.

The legislation allows hospitals to provide vaccinations without fear of liability if a vaccinated individual becomes ill, and it includes a compensation fund that pays up to $50,000 a year to individuals who are disabled as a result of the vaccination and a death benefit of $262,000.