More choice for all
MORE VACCINES AVAILABLE TO MORE RESIDENTS AT STATE VACCINATION HUBS
Victoria’s COVID-19 vaccination rollout is expected to be further accelerated by opening up mRNA vaccines to those aged over 60, including Pfizer and Moderna, at all of the state’s vaccination hubs.
Victorian Health Minister Martin Foley said there was now enough vaccine supply in Victoria to open up all brands to all ages that are eligible for vaccination.
‘‘This change, which is now in effect, has been made possible by the relative certainty we now have for both Moderna and Pfizer, and the extraordinary number of young people who have come forward over the past three-anda-half weeks,’’ he said.
Previously people over 60 were only able to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine at state hubs.
As of Sunday, 86 per cent of Victorians over 16 had received their first vaccine, including 93 per cent of people over 50.
‘‘Victoria is well on the way to becoming one of the most vaccinated jurisdictions in the world,’’ Mr Foley said.
Victorian Health Department official Naomi Bromley said the state had passed the first dose rates of the United States, Israel, Germany and Switzerland.
‘‘We know once a Victorian comes forward for their first dose, they are very very likely to come forward for their second dose; we have very high second dose compliance,’’ she said.
‘‘The job isn’t done yet, if you have not had your first dose then come forward now.’’
Victoria announced another 1612 COVID-19 cases and eight deaths on Monday and there are now 19,000 active cases across the state.
The number of people in hospital continues to rise, with 677 patients including 133 in intensive care, 94 of whom are on a ventilator.
Regional Victoria added 122 new cases, with 36 of those in Mildura, which is under lockdown.
Shepparton recorded another 15 cases.
All government hubs including the McIntosh Centre will now be open for walk-in vaccinations for Moderna and Pfizer after the government extended the arrangement based on greater availability.
‘‘It is time to throw open the doors of all our clinics to the mRNA vaccines,’’ Mr Foley said.
‘‘You can now walk up to any of our major vaccination centres for any of the mRNA vaccines.’’