Andrews sets vaccine goal as Victoria records 15 new cases

The Andrews government will make AstraZeneca available to under-40s at all 50 of its state-run vaccine hubs from Monday, in a bid to administer a million vaccine doses over the next five weeks.

Victoria today recorded 15 new locally acquired cases, with seven infectious in the community.

While 11 have been linked to previous outbreaks, the source for acquisition for the remaining four is under investigation.

Eight of the 15 were in quarantine throughout their infectious period.

The government will also open three new drive-through vaccine clinics in Wyndham in Melbourne’s outer southwest, Hume/Whittlesea in the outer north, and Casey/Cardinia in the outer southeast.

The news comes after the government rolled out AstraZeneca at six metropolitan and three regional hubs last Monday, and opened Australia’s first drive through vaccination clinic at a disused Bunnings in Melton in Melbourne’s outer northwest.

Health professionals will be available at all sites to discuss the very small risk of AstraZeneca side-effects with under-40s.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said 10,000 under-40s had availed themselves of AstraZeneca at the nine hubs already offering it since Monday.

“This is all about making sure that we get jabs in arms and that we, all of us, play our part in getting to the other side of this,” Mr Andrews said.

On Thursday, a record 27,427 vaccinations were administered at state-run clinics in Victoria, contributing to a national record day of 262,314 doses.

Mr Andrews said the goal of a million doses over the next five weeks, combined with the efforts of GPs and pharmacists, would help Victoria reach a 60 per cent vaccination rate by the end of September, and get closer to the goal of reaching 70 and 80 per cent vaccination rates.

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