COVID-19 vaccine claims scheme
The Australian Government is developing a claims scheme to reimburse people who suffer a moderate to significant impact following an adverse reaction to an approved COVID-19 vaccine.
About the scheme
Vaccination against COVID-19 is one of the most effective ways to reduce severe illness and death from infection.
There are 2 COVID-19 vaccines currently in use in Australia – Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca) and Comirnaty (Pfizer). Like all medicines, vaccines can have side effects (also known as adverse events). Almost all of these are mild and resolve within a few days.
The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) closely monitor adverse events for suspected side effects, and often find they are not caused by the vaccine itself.
The Australian Government is developing a claims scheme for people who suffer a moderate to significant impact following an adverse reaction to a TGA approved COVID-19 vaccine.
The scheme will provide a simple, streamlined process to reimburse/compensate eligible people for their injuries without the need for complex legal proceedings.
The scheme will cover the costs of injuries $5,000 and above due to administration of a TGA approved COVID-19 vaccine or due to an adverse event that is considered to be caused by a COVID-19 vaccination. The recognised side effects to the COVID-19 vaccines are included in the approved Product Information and include thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS) associated with the AstraZeneca vaccine and myocarditis and pericarditis associated with the Pfizer vaccine.
For claims between $5,000 and $20,000, claimants need to have been hospitalised for at least one night, will need to nominate they are seeking less than $20,000 and provide applicable evidence of:
- the nature of the injury and medical documentation of its likely relationship to a COVID-19 vaccination
- hospitalisation, due to a vaccine-related injury
- medical costs
- lost wages.
The evidence requirements for claims $20,000 and over, including death, are still being developed and will be advised as part of additional information on the scheme in the future. Claims relating to a death will not require evidence of hospitalisation.
Register your interest in making a claim
If you consider you have been moderately to significantly impacted and may want to make a claim under the proposed scheme, let us know now.
The Australian Government is developing a portal to submit claims and documentation and will contact you once this has been established and you are able to submit a formal claim. You do not need to provide any evidence now, that will be needed later.
Once you register, we will tell you when and how you can submit a claim online when the application process is open.
You will need to:
- meet the relevant criteria
- provide evidence to support your claim.
Registering your interest in the scheme does not mean that a claim that is subsequently submitted will be successful.