Coronavirus replace for Victoria from January 4, 2022

There are 516 COVID-19 cases in the Victoria hospital – 56 active cases in intensive care, including 24 on a ventilator. There are another 52 resolved cases in the intensive care unit.

5,036,286 doses of vaccine were administered by Victoria government agencies, 192 of which were administered in government centers yesterday.

94.5 percent of Victorians ages 12 and over have now received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 92.9 percent have received two doses. This excludes the latest Commonwealth data.

11 percent of Victorians 12 and older have received three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. This includes third primary doses, as well as third doses (which are currently available to people aged 18 and over).

Victoria was informed of 14,020 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday. All cases were acquired locally. The 10 LGAs with the most new cases are Wyndham, Casey, Melbourne, Brimbank, Hume, Stonnington, Whittlesea, Port Phillip, Yarra and Melton.

All locations with new cases are released today under Victorian COVID-19 dates.

Community sample testing of positive cases for the Omicron variant shows it is now the predominant COVID-19 strain in Victoria. 76 percent of the samples collected over the Christmas period were the Omicron variant. Further tests to confirm this result will take place in the coming week.

There are 48,297 active cases in Victoria. The total number of confirmed cases in Victoria since the pandemic began is 213,490.

Unfortunately, the ministry was informed yesterday of two deaths of people over the age of 80. This brings the total number of deaths in Victoria since the pandemic started to 1,542.

60,515 COVID-19 tests were processed yesterday. The total number of tests performed in Victoria since the pandemic began is 17,573,427.

There are currently more than 10,820 active close contacts in isolation in Victoria.



A number of private pathology test sites have ceased operations and will remain closed for at least the rest of this week. This allows private providers to process a backlog of outstanding tests.

For a list of private pathology centers affected by this temporary closure, see Where to Get Tested.

Larger test centers provided by the Department of Health will remain open, and you can use the test centers map to find open test centers and view waiting times and queues.

We thank the Victorians for their patience and understanding as we meet the unprecedented demand on the network.

Only people with COVID-19 symptoms and people who tested positive on a rapid antigen test should currently have a PCR test.

(Also, people who need to use rapid antigen tests (e.g., asymptomatic household contacts) but do not have access to a rapid antigen test can receive a PCR.)

Asymptomatic people in the community who want to check if they have COVID-19 should not have a PCR test. You should opt for rapid antigen tests and, if they are not currently available, continue to monitor for symptoms and stay COVIDSafe.

The Victorian government has received an order for 34 million rapid antigen tests to be delivered by the end of January.

We’ll have more to say about the distribution of free rapid antigen tests shortly.

Third dose

If you are 18 years of age or older and had your second vaccination four or more months ago, you are entitled to your third dose. You can get the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines regardless of the COVID-19 vaccine you received for your starting doses.

The Department of Health is gradually sending SMS reminders to 2.2 million Victorians when they drop to remind them to book their third dose.

You can book your appointment for the third vaccination online. For walk-ins, please refer to the list of vaccination centers for the opening times of the individual locations.

Otherwise, please use the Vaccine Clinic Finder to find a participating GP or pharmacy to get your vaccination.

To access the most up-to-date information about COVID-19 in Victoria, visit the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Victoria website

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