In Victoria, frontline staff members are filing a significant number of WorkCover claims, totaling $4.37 million, due to injuries they sustained from Covid-19 vaccinations. These claims are related to severe injuries, some of which have resulted in life-altering conditions.
Recently released data from WorkSafe Victoria reveals that approximately 125 essential services workers have experienced serious injuries as a result of receiving the Covid-19 vaccine. These workers were under the state’s controversial “no jab, no work” mandate in 2021.
Although the chances of adverse reactions to the vaccines are said to be low, the complications can be severe. Victoria’s laws only allow claims for significant reactions that can be directly traced back to a workplace-requested Covid vaccine, such as severe blood clots, allergic responses, seizures, or strokes.
There are currently more than 40 cases still open in the WorkCover system, and ongoing payments could potentially reach hundreds of thousands of dollars. It is worth noting that many of the claimants were in good health before receiving the vaccine.
Despite the stigma surrounding vaccine injuries, some individuals who have been affected have chosen to share their experiences publicly. One such case is Gareth O’Grady, a 41-year-old teacher from Melbourne. O’Grady developed pericarditis after receiving the Pfizer vaccine, which required him to spend 90 days in the hospital and undergo open heart surgery. He has not been able to return to work since then.
Another case involves a female health worker who continues to suffer after being instructed to receive a booster shot, despite having a cardiologist’s exemption. Both individuals have joined a class-action lawsuit against the Therapeutic Goods Administration filed by NR Barbi Solicitor, alleging negligence in approving several vaccine brands during the pandemic.
Dr. Melissa McCann, who is raising funds for the class-action lawsuit, highlights that the true extent of vaccine injuries in Australia remains unknown. Natalie Strijland, the instructing solicitor for the class action, encourages individuals who have experienced vaccine injuries to join the legal proceedings.
These cases are escalating while thousands of Australians are still seeking compensation through the federal government’s Covid-19 Vaccine Claims Scheme. A government spokesperson emphasizes the importance of vaccinations in reducing severe outcomes of Covid-19 and urges everyone to receive their next dose promptly.
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