Clare Eves, a medical compensation expert from Shine Lawyers says claims would be limited to moderate to severe reactions.
“With most vaccines you’ll end up having a bit of discomfort or feeling generally unwell,” Ms Eves said.
“But what the scheme is really limited to is those people who have had a significant outcome where it’s really impacted on your ability to do things day to day, you’ve taken some time off and it’s been serious enough that you have been hospitalised.”
Out of almost 37 million vaccine doses across Australia, 0.21 per cent have reported adverse side effects, and according to infectious diseases expert Dr Paul Griffin, an even smaller fraction are severe.
To be able to claim, a patient needs to have spent at least one night in hospital and be able to show medical evidence of the injury and its link to a COVID-19 vaccine. Claimants also need to show medical expenses and proof of lost income.