South Africans who have suffered adverse reactions after receiving a Covid-19 vaccine can claim financial compensation should they lose out on wages while recovering from the injury.

With the National State of Disaster that has come to an end, the new Code of Good Practice regulations allows for options under which employees can lodge such claims.

Associate of Employment Law, at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr, Dylan Bouchier says claims can be lodged via the Covid-19 Vaccine Injury No-fault Compensation Scheme.

He says employees can also claim illness benefits under the TERS scheme.

South Africans can also, if following the correct legal route, claim for losses and expenses incurred under the lockdown regulations.

Bouchier says employees can, therefore, under certain circumstances, lodge reimbursement claims for Covid-19 tests, unpaid leave, and the loss of income.

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Employment & Labour Minister, Thulas Nxesi says the Unemployment Insurance Fund is in talks to find funds to assist those, who may have lost their jobs due to the newly-announced level 4 lockdown restrictions.

These new restrictions, which came in effect on Monday, will effect mainly those employed in the hospitality and alcohol sectors.

Nxesi says during the pandemic the Covid-19 TERS benefit-scheme distributed R 60-billion in financial aid to laid-off workers.

He says the extension would be discussed at Nedlac this week.

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