Victoria Covid update: Prime Minister says young people are ‘keen’ for vaccines as 15,000 pounds for AstraZeneca | Victoria
More than 15,000 young Victorians have booked to receive their first dose of AstraZeneca after the government opened state-run hubs to people as young as 18.
Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews said the rapid adoption shows that the slow rollout of the vaccine in Australia is not due to reluctance to vaccinate but a lack of supply.
He also lifted lockdown restrictions in the Victoria area after new cases in the city were contained.
“Some of the reluctance we all seem to be talking about may not be as real as we thought,” Andrews said. “I think there are millions of Victorians who want to get vaccinated and are just waiting for the supply, just like me.”
Victoria recorded 11 new cases on Monday, all linked to existing clusters. One of the new cases was of a person self-isolating throughout their infectious period, a trend Andrews says he wants to see increased before a decision is made on whether the lockdown in Melbourne will be lifted or prolonged.
“We need to limit ourselves to a very small number of cases, if any, that have been in the community during their infectious period,” Andrews said. “That’s when we’ll have the best chance to open up and stay open.
“The biggest challenge right now is that it is unleashed in other parts of the country and while we still have a vital movement… there will always be a risk that it will come out. That’s why we wish our friends in Sydney the best of luck: their problem is our problem.
Andrews said the decision to lift the lockdown in the Victoria area was made after no cases or sites of exposure were identified in the Victoria area, and because the outbreak to date has had “some degree of localization” around a few western suburbs of Melbourne.
The change means that from Tuesday, students in regional areas can return to school and drop-in locations can open within strict density limits.
But Andrews said he would not reintroduce the “steel ring” checkpoints to prevent people from Melbourne traveling to the areas, saying it would take too many resources.
“I have a border to defend between Sydney and NSW and I am not going to close half of the Melbourne police stations to do something the Victoria police and the public health team don’t think they need to do,” he said. he declared. noted.
“There should be a ring of steel around Sydney, so we wouldn’t have to defend our border as much as we do.”
He said police would be present in the regions to make sure the rules are followed.
“You won’t be able to buy as much as a liter of milk without establishing that you are from the Victoria area,” he said.
Seven of the 11 new cases are related to the Caroline Springs Mall, two to the Newport Football Club and one is a student at Al-Taqwa College.
Andrews said Al-Taqwa has done better than any school in the country at educating their community and bringing them together for testing and isolation.
Eighty-seven percent of the 2,600 primary close contacts at Al-Taqwa College have tested negative to date, as have 88% of the primary close contacts at Warringa Park Special School, 83% of the 1,934 close contacts from Heathdale Christian College, 75% of the 1,567 Islamic College Melbourne, and half of all students and staff at Mt Alexander College.
Victoria’s Covid-19 response commander Jeroen Weimar said it was an “amazing” participation test that was “a testament to the leadership of these school communities.”
Almost 9,000 of the 12,738 key close contacts identified to date in Victoria are school staff, students and family members, including a significant number of healthcare workers who have been on leave.
Victoria’s Director of Health Prof Brett Sutton thanked the Al-Taqwa College community and residents of the high-rise social housing tower at 130 Racecourse Road in Flemington, both of whom were hit hard by the Covid epidemics last year. The public housing towers were among those placed in severe and heavily guarded containment last July, which the Victorian-era ombudsman found to violate human rights.
The virus was confirmed to have spread to some residents of high-rise public housing on Saturday. Sutton said that by the end of the day on Monday, more than 90% of tower residents are expected to have been tested.
“No family, no individual is to blame for these epidemics,” Sutton said. “Anyone can be exposed, anyone can be infected, we’ve seen that throughout this pandemic. But doing the right thing is extremely important, and testing, isolating, and quarantining when you know you need to do it is going to get us through this. “