Manawatu Standard

Health insurance customers reassured over vaccine


Southern Cross is reassuring its customers their insurance won’t be affected if they are vaccinated against Covid-19. The insurerwas addressing misinforma­tion circulatin­g on social media, which claimed vaccinatio­n would invalidate its customers’ health and life insurance policies. Dr Stephen Child, chief medical officer for Southern Cross Health Insurance, said: ‘‘In Newzealand, acute care is provided by the public health system so if treatment is needed urgently after receiving a vaccine, you should go directly to the accident and emergency unit at your nearest public hospital.’’ Treatment and support for people who experience­d an adverse reaction to any vaccinewas provided by ACC, provided its criteriawa­s met. ‘‘This is why vaccine-related treatment injury is a standard exclusion in our health insurance plans,’’ Child said.

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