Mon. Aug 15th, 2022

Changes in Victoria’s vaccine rollout will make mRNA vaccines available to anyone over the age of 12.

On Monday, Health Minister Martin Foley said the switch was effective immediately, with both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines now available to people over the age of 60 at state-run hubs.

Previously, Victorians over the age of 60 could only receive the AstraZeneca vaccine.

But they will now have access to Moderna or Pfizer with vaccine supplies “increasingly secure”.

Victorian Health Minister Martin Foley.
Victorian Health Minister Martin Foley. Credit: JAMES ROSS/AAPIMAGE

“When we push for 70 and 80 percent double dose and above, it’s time to throw the doors of all our clinics up to mRNA vaccines,” Foley said.

“This change, which is now in force, has been made possible by the relative security we now have for both Moderna and Pfizer and the extraordinary number of young people who have emerged over the last three and a half weeks.

“In fact, Victoria is well on its way to becoming one of the world’s most vaccinated jurisdictions.”

Monday’s COVID case

On Monday, Victoria recorded another drop in the daily COVID-19 cases, where the number dropped to 1612.

There were also eight COVID-related deaths.

The deaths included one man in his 40s, one man in his 60s, two women in his 70s, two men in his 70s and two men in his 80s.

There are currently 677 people being treated for COVID in the hospital, with 133 on intensive care, of which 94 are in a ventilator.

On Sunday, 34,279 doses of the vaccine were administered, and Victoria now has 19,012 active cases of the virus.

The state’s largest COVID-19 day was Saturday, which had 1965 cases.

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