DAN’S SHOUT OUT TO SHEPP
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews took time out at his daily COVID-19 briefing to give a shout out to the people of Greater Shepparton.
“A shout out to the Goulburn Valley community, the Shepparton community are just quite amazing,” he said.
“It’s a strong and proud community. I think they look out for each other. They're coming out to get tested in strong numbers they're getting vaccinated in strong numbers. They're working with contact traces are doing everything that needs to be done.
“Indeed businesses in Shepparton are reaching out and supporting their fellow Goulburn Valley residents, I understand there's a Thai restaurant there that's been providing free meals to people that are in iso, I'm sure they are one of many.
“Can I just thank them very much, it is the best of Victoria on display, and they should be very proud of that and we're certainly very proud of them and will continue to support that community at a very difficult time.”
● Meanwhile, Children aged 12 to 15 living with a disability will be added to Australia's coronavirus vaccine rollout from Wednesday.
The decision is expected to affect 40,000 National Disability Insurance Scheme participants who did not qualify under other eligibility criteria.
Health Minister Greg Hunt said the expert immunisation panel was due to finalise advice on vaccinating all 12-to15-year-olds this week.
“We are quietly hopeful that will be a double green light after the TGA,” he said in Canberra yesterday.
The Therapeutic Goods Administration has approved Pfizer for children in the age bracket. The government is waiting for the tick from the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation. Children between 12 and 15 who are immunocompromised, have an underlying medical condition, are Indigenous or in remote communities were already eligible.