15 September 2021

From Minister for Health and Aged Care to APA re NSW Health COVID-19 Vaccinator Roles for Allied Health Professionals and Students 

On 28 August 2021, the Australian Government announced details of the no-fault COVID-19 Vaccine Claims Scheme (Scheme), following extensive consultation with the peak medical, healthcare, business, and insurance sectors to ensure a comprehensive national Scheme.

The Scheme will provide people with quicker access to compensation where they have suffered an adverse event related to a Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) approved COVID-19 vaccination or its administration, irrespective of where the vaccination occurred.

If Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) (we can assume all AHPRA registered Allied Health practitioners) members are undertaking approved vaccinator roles using TGA-approved COVID-19 vaccines in private health care settings, this would still be considered within the scope of the Government’s COVID-19 Vaccine Program, and such practitioners would therefore be covered by the Scheme.  

It also ensures that health professionals administering vaccines, including APA members, will be able to continue with their crucial role in the vaccine rollout with assurance that the claims scheme will offer them protection against time-consuming litigation processes.

While side effects, or adverse events, from COVID-19 vaccinations, can occur, most are mild and last no longer than a couple of days. Serious and life-threatening side effects are very rare. This Scheme provides a safety net to support those affected.

The Scheme will be administered by Services Australia and will provide people with a single front door to a simple and quick administrative process for compensation. The TGA will provide guidance on recognised adverse reactions as part of their established surveillance program.  

From 6 September 2021, people who suffer injury and loss of income due to their COVID-19 vaccine will be able to register their interest in claiming under the Scheme at: www.health.gov.au/COVID-19-vaccination-claim-scheme. An online portal to submit claims is being developed by Services Australia. People who register their interest will be notified when and how they can submit a claim online when the application process is open.

The Scheme will cover the costs of injuries $5,000 and above related to the administration of a TGA approved COVID-19 vaccine. 

For claims between $5,000 and $20,000, claimants will need to nominate that they are seeking less than $20,000 and provide applicable evidence of:

  • the nature of their injury and medical documentation of its likely relationship to a COVID-19 vaccination
  • hospitalisation of at least one night, due to a vaccine-related injury
  • medical costs
  • lost wages.

Claims $20,000 and above will be assessed by a panel of independent experts, and compensation paid based on their recommendations.

The evidence requirements for claims $20,000 and over, including death, are still being developed and will be advised as part of additional information on the Scheme in the future. Claims relating to death will not require evidence of hospitalisation.

The cost of compensation payments under this Scheme will be fully funded by the Commonwealth and is designed to help the small number of people who unfortunately experience a moderate to significant adverse reaction to a COVID-19 vaccine.

Joanne Tester

Chief of Staff - Health

Office of the Hon Greg Hunt MP

Minister for Health and Aged Care

Federal Member for Flinders

Executive Assistant – Mary Dunajska 

Email: Mary.Dunajska@health.gov.au

Ph: 02 6277 7220

 

13 September 2021

NSW Health

COVID-19 Vaccinator Roles for Allied Health Professionals and Students 

Join NSW Health’s vaccination team and help fight COVID-19

NSW Health is hiring and training a range of allied health professionals and students to become vaccinators in vaccination centres across the state. 

How can I apply?

The Randstad Recruitment Team will be able to answer any role related queries via email at nswhealth@randstad.com.au.

Successful applicants will be required to complete relevant NSW Health and Commonwealth training as well as the Sydney University COVID-19 Vaccination Administration Training. This training will be paid for by NSW Health and consists of an online and practical component. You will need to be assessed as competent before you are able to vaccinate.

Who is eligible?

NSW Health has updated the legal Authority that allows specified allied health professionals and students to administer vaccinations. Additional allied health professions have been included, including Exercise Physiology. Sonography and Nuclear Medicine Technology. For students, the penultimate and final years of study requirement that was in the previous version has been removed and additional disciplines mentioned in the Authority have been included. This means an increased number of students are now eligible to assist in the vaccination centres across the state.

In addition, NSW Health has authorised Formerly Registered Health Practitioners to administer vaccinations. This means a person who was previously registered in the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (in the last 10 years) in a discipline included in the current legal Authority.

Other conditions and further information about the specified vaccination workforces are included in the Statewide Protocol for supply or administration of COVID-19 vaccine

Thank you for your help in the fight against COVID-19.

Regards,

Nicola Clemens

A/ Principal Allied Health Advisor

Workforce Planning & Talent Development Branch | NSW Ministry of Health

1 Reserve Road, St Leonards, New South Wales, 2065

Tel (02) 9424 5931 | Nicola.Clemens@health.nsw.gov.au

www.health.nsw.gov.au