Up to 79,000 people may have suffered severe adverse reactions from the jab, but compensation is only considered if victims have spent at least one night in the hospital.
The Australian government admitted that the COVID-19 injection has resulted in tens of thousands of adverse reactions and is offering financial compensation to some victims, according to reports.
7News Australia reported on Friday that as much as 79,000 people have suffered from severe side effects from the COVID jab, and the government is prepared to dole out over $600,000 in compensation for some victims.
“Now the federal government is offering compensation for anyone who’ve become seriously ill after having their COVID shot,” the 7News reporter said.
The news segment described how some people developed pericarditis and myocarditis shortly after taking the jab.
“It’s estimated that 79,000 people have suffered adverse reactions to vaccines. Now the government’s offering compensation. Claims under $20,000 will need evidence from your doctor. Claims over $20,000 assessed by a team of legal experts. The highest figure reserved for only the most serious of cases,” the report explained.
Medical law expert Daniel Opare said expenses to deal with the jab’s adverse reactions can be costly.
“If you do suffer pericarditis, it can result in you being out of pocket, you might have to see a cardiologist, you might need procedures, so it is definitely appropriate that there is a vaccination scheme there to compensate those people,” he said.
But to even make a claim, victims must have spent at least one night in the hospital.
The CDC has updated its website in November 2020 to include myocarditis and pericarditis as possible adverse reactions from the jab, but still recommends every person over 5 years old to receive the injection.