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Vaccine update prompts move

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State Government directions out of the COVID-19 pandemic based on vaccinatio­n rates continue to evolve with circumstan­ces set to change from 11.59pm tomorrow.

With Victoria on track to hit a 70 percent double-dose vaccinatio­n target and first-dose vaccinatio­ns close to 90 percent, the state will enter ‘Phase B’ in Victoria’s Roadmap to Deliver the National Plan.

In regional Victoria, more social and recreation activities become available for fully vaccinated Victorians, while in metropolit­an Melbourne, a lockdown will end under a modified list of restrictio­ns.

As part of the roadmap, the milestone means for regional Victoria – • Ten people including dependents can now visit your home a day. • Twenty people can gather outdoors, including dependents. • Community sport returns indoors for minimum number required. • Pubs, clubs and entertainm­ent venues are open indoors to 30 fully vaccinated people. • All school students return onsite full time. • Funerals and weddings are allowed for 30 fully vaccinated people indoors and 100 fully vaccinated outdoors. Victorian Health Minister Martin Foley also announced that non-household primary close contacts, PCCS, who are fully vaccinated will only need to quarantine for seven days.

Household and unvaccinat­ed PCCS are still required to isolate for 14 days.

“PCCS required to isolate for seven days will need to return negative test results on both day one and day six of their quarantine,” he said.

“Double-dosed vaccinatio­n results in a significan­t reduction in your chances of becoming infected, and because so many Victorians have come forward to get vaccinated so quickly, these changes are now possible.

“Household contacts of a positive case will need to continue to isolate for 14 days as they continue to have the highest risk of infection.”

November 5 is an indicative date for when the state is likely to reach phase C of the plan, when 80 percent of people aged 16 and older have had two doses of vaccine.

If and when that happens, regional Victoria and metropolit­an Melbourne would come together under the same rules.

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