The HighWire with Del Bigtree: VICP and CICP are overwhelmed with vaccine complaints
06/15/2022 // Belle Carter // Views

The Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) and the Counter Measure Injury Compensation Program (CICP) are currently facing a dilemma as thousands of people may not receive payments for their injuries anytime soon.

Host Del Big Tree and investigative journalist Jefferey Jaxen discussed the issue during the June 11 episode of "The HighWire with Del Bigtree."

Jaxen read an article by Lauren Gardner on Politico: "The first program (VICP) meant for standard vaccines such as measles, and polio has too few staff to handle the number of reported injuries and thousands of patients are waiting years for their cases to be heard."

The article further stated that between 2010 and 2020, the CICP received 500 complaints. In the two years since the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic started, it received over 8,000 complaints.

VICP was created in the 1980s, after lawsuits against vaccine companies and health care providers threatened to cause vaccine shortages and reduce vaccination rates. Meanwhile, since the fiscal year 2010, the CICP has provided compensation for serious injuries resulting from the administration or use of certain countermeasures.

The CICP is currently the only way to get compensation for COVID-19 vaccine injury.

Jaxen read on: "Should COVID-19 shots become routine once the pandemic ends, alleged injuries would eventually be handled by the already over-burdened standard VICP. Patient advocates, attorneys and the pharmaceutical industry fear that without drastic reforms, the program could collapse."


Bigtree believes that what happened is purely political.

"The article is not saying, you know, a thousand lunatics are lining up to get vaccinated, or get compensated for a fake vaccine injury or something. They are legitimizing this idea of vaccine injury, which did not exist two years ago, prior to COVID-19," the host said.

He also pointed out that a very similar situation happened very early on when liability was taken away from the pharmaceutical industry.

"Remember, these aren't cases in a regular courtroom. You could be going to sue the manufacturer or your doctor, but they're protected. They have liability protection. The childhood vaccine was protected by the Vaccine Injury Compensation Act, which was passed in 1986. The Emergency Preparedness Act is what protects the COVID-19 vaccine," the host said.

VICP and the autism complaints over the years

Bigtree said VICP had 5,000 cases of autism within just a short period of time. They are paying out roughly four or $5 million for autism and the destruction of your entire life.

"And so they were looking at potentially trillions of dollars in debt to the country," he said. He added that the authorities took the omnibus autism proceedings and instead of running 5,000 cases, they decided to take roughly six cases. And the fate of those cases will decide the fate of the 5,000.

He went on to cite more examples of cases where vaccines caused autism and how the courts went away unscathed.

One is Michelle Cedillo's case. In March 2008, the then 13-year-old could not speak or wear a diaper and required round-the-clock monitoring, in case she had a seizure. While her peers go to school or the mall or spend time with friends, the teenager remained at her family's Arizona home, where she entertained herself with picture books and "Sesame Street" and "Blue's Clues" DVDs.

Cedillo's parents, Theresa and Mike, believe the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine, combined with a mercury-containing preservative found in that and other vaccines at the time, drastically altered the course of their daughter's development. Within days of receiving the injection, the girl suffered from high fever, vomiting and digestion problems. The parents also said the girl stopped speaking. (Related: MEDICAL SHOCKER: MMR vaccine dangers exposed by FDA study.)

"I thought it was because she was so sick. I thought certainly she'll start talking again," Theresa recalled. The teenager has since been diagnosed with autism, inflammatory bowel disease, arthritis, osteoporosis and epilepsy.

Pediatric neurologist Dr. Andrew Zimmerman, who worked for the Department of Justice, said at the time that there's no mechanism by which a vaccine causes autism and the case was then basically dismissed.

Then came the case of Hannah Poling in the year 2000. Poling's dad John was Zimmerman's workmate. This is when Andrew Zimmerman changed his tune and ended up saying: "I had discovered the mechanism by which a vaccine causes autism. It's an issue with the mitochondria, the energy of the cells. If you have a mitochondrial disorder, the vaccine, then can lead to a Cephalon apathy in the brain."

Bigtree said this should have made the decision for all the cases. But authorities pulled the Hannah Poling case out. They were reported to have settled for a huge amount of money and kicked Zimmerman out of his post at the Justice Department.

"And along came Yates Hazlehurst, who got the MMR vaccine in February 2001. This case was settled and at the end of his case, Zimmerman wasn't allowed to appear as a representative. But now, he's one of the leading authorities on autism," Bigtree said.

Visit for more updates on injuries caused by vaccines.

Watch the full June 1o episode of "The HighWire with Del Bigtree" below.

This video is from The HighWire with Del Bigtree channel on

More related stories:

Federal government has paid out vaccine autism compensation awards to 83 families.

Mainstream attitudes toward Covid-19 jabs are slowly changing in wake of vaccine injuries.

Extensive survey finds half a million Germans experienced severe COVID-19 vaccine injuries.

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