On 28 August 2021, after extensive consultation with the medical, insurance and business sectors, the Minister for Health and Aged Care, Greg Hunt, announced the No Fault COVID-19 Indemnity Scheme. The Scheme offers protection to Australians that have serious adverse effects as a result of receiving a Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) approved COVID-19 vaccine.
From September 6, Australians who suffer loss of income and injury as a result of their COVID-19 vaccine will be able to lodge their intent to claim damages on the COVID-19 vaccine claims scheme webpage.
The scheme, which will be backdated to February 2021, will cover the costs of injuries above $5,000 that are proven to be caused by a COVID-19 vaccination. The claims will be assessed by independent experts, and compensation paid based on the recommendations.
The scheme will be fully funded by the Commonwealth and is designed to assist the small number of people who have had moderate to significant adverse reaction to a COVID-19 vaccine without a costly and complex court process. Australians who are experiencing such reactions are encouraged to report it to their doctor who can provide the information to the TGA to include in their reporting.