Vaccine compensation plan welcomed but more detail needed

Tasmanian Liberal Senator Eric Abetz, who over a month ago advocated for a compensation scheme for people adversely impacted by COVID vaccines, has welcomed Minister Hunt’s proposal for such a scheme.

“Having written to the Prime Minister on the 2nd of June seeking a compensation scheme, I’m delighted the government has seen the appropriateness of the suggestion,” said Senator Abetz.

“The change of heart is welcome. It will provide confidence to the community, knowing that if they do what the government is requesting (and many do so with reluctance), they will be assisted in the event of an adverse reaction.”

“It seemed poor public policy to indemnify professionals with their own insurance policies while leaving people suffering physical and financial consequences to fend for themselves.”

“However, it appears that those who receive their jabs at vaccination hubs may not receive compensation and this must be urgently addressed. Anyone who receives the jab and has an adverse reaction must be compensated no matter if it is from a GP or at a vaccination hub. I call on the government to include those vaccinated at hubs to be included in the compensation scheme.”

About Eric

Eric Abetz has been a Liberal Senator for Tasmania since 1994 and has served in a range of Leadership, Ministerial and Shadow Ministerial roles.

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