There were 445 new cases of COVID-19 in Victoria recorded in the last 24 hours and two deaths.
On Monday, 36,615 people received a dose of a vaccine, bringing total vaccinations of eligible people in the state to 66.8 per cent and 42 per cent for those who are fully vaccinated.
Monday’s data showed that only 54.2 per cent of those living in the City of Melbourne had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccination and 28.4 per cent were fully vaccinated even though there were 16 GP clinics offering the Pfizer jab – more than in suburban hot spots.
Victoria’s Health Minister Martin Foley said the Royal Exhibition Building and Jeff’s Shed were two major vaccination hubs however suggested that it would be helpful if the Commonwealth could provide more vaccines for hubs such as “the MCG, Luna Park or anywhere else where it could be a fun thing to vaccine around, that’s great”, he said.
“We’d be strongly supportive of helping get Victorians to participate in that, but our priority is to take the vaccines to where people are in the areas of greatest need.”
Australia’s Health Minister Greg Hunt said workplace vaccines would be part of stage three of the National COVID Shield Campaign to “make it even easier for people to get vaccinated, while recognising the eagerness of businesses to help”.
People defying lockdown
Google mobility data is showing that more Melburnians are defying lockdown restrictions than last year.
In areas around Melbourne non-essential shopping and recreation is not much below normal levels in Melton (down 21 per cent), Casey (down 27 per cent), Hume (down 28 per cent), Whittlesea (down 29 per cent). In the City of Melbourne, people are the most compliant with non-essential shopping and recreation down 79 per cent, followed by Stonnington (61 per cent) and Yarra (59 per cent). These figures are elevated compared to last year’s lockdown and show that far more people in the outer suburbs are heading into work than they were during the 2020 lockdown.