To be administered by Services Australia, the Commonwealth Funded Compensation Scheme has been set up to cover costs of injuries greater than $ 5,000 due to a proven adverse reaction to a TGA-approved COVID-19 vaccine. (administration of therapeutic products).
Minister Hunt said: “Side effects, or adverse events, from COVID-19 vaccinations can occur, but most are mild and do not last more than a few days. Serious and life-threatening side effects are very rare, but it is important that we provide a safety net to support those affected. “
Welcoming the program, the CIA said it looks forward to working with the Morrison government to ensure the claims program works as intended.
“The COVID-19 Mass Vaccination Program is a large and complex undertaking in a rapidly changing environment,” commented CIA Executive Director Andrew Hall.
“The ICA has worked with its members in the healthcare compensation industry, government and other stakeholders such as the Australian Medical Association, the Pharmacy Guild and the Australian Chamber of Commerce to ensure that risks for professionals involved in the administration of the vaccine are identified and treated.
For WADA President Dr Omar Khorshid, whose camp “led the push” for the creation of the program, the government’s commitment is good news that will ensure that healthcare workers are not subjected to harsh conditions. what he described as painful legal proceedings for their crucial role in the vaccine. go out.
“This program is a vote of confidence in the safety of vaccines used in Australia and sends a strong message to patients that, in the extremely rare case of serious side effects, you can access compensation without having to resort to costly litigation. and complex. “Said Dr Khorshid.
Applicants will be able to register their intention to apply at health.gov.au/COVID-19-vaccination-claim-scheme starting September 6. The program is backdated to February 2021.
Meanwhile, Eric Lowenstein, founder and managing director of specialist healthcare underwriting agency Tego Insurance, said Insurance company: “The recently announced COVID-19 vaccine no-fault claim program is a welcome development and will help provide a level of stability and certainty for the industry and the community at large.
“In this complex environment with multiple stakeholders, it is no small feat to set up a program like this – it shows the strength of collaboration and advocacy that can be achieved among stakeholders in the world. industry and government. “