August 28, 2021
Type of support:
The program will provide Australians with prompt access to compensation for COVID-19 claims related to the administration of a COVID-19 vaccine approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration issued through a program approved by the Commonwealth Government.
Health and Elderly Care Minister Greg Hunt said the COVID-19 Vaccine Claim Program offers protection to Australians receiving a TGA-approved COVID-19 vaccine, regardless of where this vaccination takes place.
“Side effects, or adverse events, from COVID-19 vaccinations can occur, but most are mild and don’t last more than a few days. Serious and potentially fatal side effects are very rare, but it is important that we provide a safety net to support those affected, ”said Minister Hunt.
“It also ensures that the healthcare professionals who administer the vaccines can continue to play their crucial role in vaccine deployment with the confidence that the complaints system offers them protection.”
The program will be administered by Services Australia and will provide Australians with a single gateway to a fast and simple administrative process for compensation. The TGA will provide advice on recognized adverse reactions as part of its established surveillance program.
Beginning September 6, Australians who experience injury and loss of income as a result of their COVID-19 vaccine will be able to register their intention to claim on the COVID-19 vaccine claim program webpage.
The program will cover the costs of injuries greater than $ 5,000 due to a proven adverse reaction to a COVID-19 vaccination. Claims will be assessed by independent experts and compensation paid on the basis of the recommendations.
The cost of compensation payments under this program will be fully funded by the Commonwealth and is designed to help the small number of people who unfortunately experience a moderate to significant adverse reaction to a COVID-19 vaccine.
The COVID-19 vaccine rollout schedule will be backdated to February 2021 and offer Australians an alternative administrative option to seek compensation, rather than a complex and costly legal process.
Australians who receive a COVID-19 vaccination and have an adverse event are encouraged to report it to their doctor who can provide the information to the TGA to ensure such events are included in their report.