Many SME’s want to support their staff to become fully vaccinated against COVID -19. But directing employees to be vaccinated can have significant consequences in terms of risks to your business. If as an employer you require, recommend, encourage, subsidise, or facilitate COVID-19 vaccinations for your employees, you may face a potential workers’ compensation claim if employees suffer a medical adverse reaction and cannot work because of being vaccinated. Common symptoms include fatigue, headaches, nausea, or dizziness.
To alleviate the risk of liability to employers, the Federal Government has introduced the COVID-19 vaccine claims scheme to reimburse employees who suffer a moderate to significant impact ($5,000 of income or more) following an adverse reaction to an approved COVID-19 vaccine. Employees can register their interest in making a claim on the scheme’s website, which is backdated to the start of the national vaccine rollout (22 February 2021).
If you are considering implementing a COVID-19 vaccine direction for employees who work for your business, it is recommended that you incorporate the indemnity scheme into a pre-implementation business strategy as a potential factor which will alleviate risk to your business.
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.