We have been collegiately working with the other four Medical Indemnity Insurers in Australia to ensure consistency across the industry and to lobby the government on behalf of the medical profession. It is critical that we work together on these important issues as the COVID-19 situation changes.
The effect of the pandemic has been worldwide and has delivered a serious blow to our health care systems. At Tego, we are diligent about keeping our clients informed and up to date. Vaccinations are on everyone’s minds so let’s look at the facts.
A no-fault indemnity scheme for administering the COVID-19 vaccine
On Monday 28th June 2021 the Prime Minister announced that the Commonwealth Government will introduce “Indemnity arrangements for COVID-19 vaccinations“.
We will continue to engage with the Department of Health to support a scheme that is fit for purpose and will share the details of how this scheme impacts you as they are finalised.
In the meantime we confirm that Medical Practitioners insured under Tego Medical Indemnity Insurance policy will continue to be covered for the administration and or advice regarding COVID-19 vaccines provided you have the appropriate training, qualifications and experience; and your scope of practice includes prescribing or administering vaccines.
Similar to any other vaccination program (e.g. influenza, MMR), you are covered in the event of an adverse reaction following vaccination, regardless of the vaccine. Cover is subject to the policy terms and conditions.
As for administering vaccines, if your policy provides cover for public patients only, please contact Tego to advise of a change of circumstances. Otherwise, notification to Tego is generally not required, provided you have the appropriate training, qualifications and experience.
Does it matter if I have moved temporarily to a different state?
Tego is aware that this is a challenging time where information is rapidly changing and that there may be differences between states in relation to their advice and management. We encourage all doctors to keep up to date with the advice from the Commonwealth Government as well as their State government:
- Department of Health
- Australian Capital Territory
- New South Wales
- Northern Territory
- South Australia
- Western Australia
If I am retired, can I administer vaccines?
We are currently seeking clarification from the Commonwealth Government relating to the Run-Off Cover Scheme to see if waivers are available for medical practitioners temporarily ceasing retirement. In the short-term these practitioners will need to contact us to put cover in place.
Extraordinary times calls for extraordinary support
While these are extraordinary times, first principles still apply, and medical practitioners should continue to adhere to best practice in these challenging circumstances. If you have any specific concerns or queries, we are here to support you.
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