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CANVax Webinar Series: Vaccine-Injury Compensation: A Complex Conversation by Sandani Hapuhennedige
In Canada, only the province of Quebec has a vaccine-injury compensation program. This CANVax webinar will provide participants with an overview of the dialogue on vaccine-injury compensation (VIC), the rationale for these policies, and how they function. The speaker will further describe the context and current status of VIC policies/programs in Canada, based on specific recent events, reviews of the literature, and other related conversations via social media and advocacy groups. The session will conclude with a conversation on gaps in knowledge and important next steps for Canada’s immunization strategies and planning.

Nov 14, 2019 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Sandani Hapuhennedige
@University of Toronto
Sandani Hapuhennedige, BSc, BA, MPH, is a recent Masters of Public Health graduate from the Dalla Lana School of Public Health (University of Toronto). Her professional background includes training in policy analysis, implementation research and knowledge translation which she currently applies in her role with the Office of Global Public Health Education and Training at the University of Toronto. Sandani’s research interests include immunization policy, specifically as it relates to legal issues with vaccine safety and adverse events following immunization. She has led analysis of relevant policies on a national scale that has garnered attention within and beyond Canada. This work (with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit) has been presented at numerous conferences, including the Canadian Immunization Conference 2018 and Public Health 2018 (Canadian Public Health Association). Sandani has also authored various academic reports, editorials, and briefs on the aforementioned topics.