Senator Abetz welcomes vaccine compensation scheme
Luke Grant speaks with Senator Eric Abetz, Liberal Senator for Tasmania, who welcomes the move by the Australian Government to implement a compensation scheme for those who suffer serious side effects from vaccination.
Senator Abetz wrote to the Prime Minister and the Minister for Health on 2 June 2021, calling for compensation after a Tasmanian constituent was hospitalised for 16 days after receiving his first jab and which significantly affected his health and income.
The constituent, while battling health issues, was keen to reduce vaccine hesitancy in those who had heard of his experience by pushing for the implementation of a compensation scheme.
One month later, on 2 July, the Australian Government announced the establishment of a COVID-19 Vaccine Claim Scheme by assuring Australians that “health professionals, including GPs, nurses and pharmacists administering COVID vaccines as part of the Commonwealth vaccination program have appropriate indemnity coverage.”
Now, the Government has announced the finalised details of the no-fault COVID-19 Vaccine Claim Scheme.
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