More than 10,000 people in Australia have registered for compensation for COVID-19 vaccine side effects. The government of Australia is said to face more than A$50 million bills which starts from A$5,000 for each claim to be approved.
The people have registered for a government program to be compensated for lost income as they were being hospitalized for some mild and rare side effects.
According to the website of Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), 79,000 reports were received of adverse side effects out of 36.8 million doses of vaccine. Some of the recent adverse side effects which are being reported are sore arm, headache, chills, and fever.
288 cases of heart inflammation have been reported to the TGA as being associated with Pfizer vaccines, as well as 160 cases of thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS) associated with AstraZeneca vaccines.
TGA also said due to the immunization program, nine deaths have been reported with those who were 65 years and older in the majority.
As the delta variant plunged Australia’s two largest cities, Sydney and Melbourne, into a months-long lockdown after an initial setback, the country ramped up vaccination efforts in the second half of the year.