Government broadens the scope of no fault vaccination claims scheme
On 24 November 2021, the Australian Government modified the eligibility criteria of the national COVID-19 Vaccine Claims Scheme, announcing that the threshold for making a claim will be reduced from $5,000 to $1,000.
Under the scheme, a person who suffers financial loss (such as lost wages or medical costs) of between $1,000 and $20,000 due to an adverse reaction from a COVID-19 vaccination, and is hospitalised for at least one night, is eligible to make a claim to have these costs reimbursed by the Commonwealth Government.
In the first instance claimants should register their intent to make a claim on the Department of Health website.
The Government is expected to shortly confirm the eligibility and evidence requirements for claims $20,000 and over, including death.
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