Trials of home antigen testing will soon begin with school children and families and will examine its feasibility in a number of educational institutions.
All school and early childhood care workers must be fully vaccinated by November 29th.
The mandate applies to both state and non-state schools, as well as all types of early childhood and care facilities.
Employees must have received their first dose by October 18 – or have a booking within a week.
A full vaccination is required by November 29, unless there is a medical exception.
It comes when the state government made “the largest investment in educational ventilation in Australian history” as part of a plan to secure schools.
From the beginning of the 4th semester, 51,000 air purification devices will be rolled out at all state and fee-based non-government schools to remove potentially infectious particles – such as the coronavirus – from the higher-risk areas in schools, including teachers’ rooms and hospital wards, music rooms and other high-traffic areas.
The air purifiers are supplied by Samsung and will gradually arrive in Victoria over the coming weeks and months.
2149 Victorian schools are also eligible for a grant of up to $ 25,000 towards the purchase of awning.
Home antigen testing trials will also begin shortly with school children and families to assess their feasibility in a range of educational institutions.
Mask requirement remains for secondary school students and all adults and is strongly recommended for children.
Education Secretary James Merlino said: “I know Victorian families can’t wait to see their children back in the classroom, but we need to protect ourselves once they are there.”
628 NEW CASES IN VICTORIA, THREE DEATHS
Victoria’s case numbers rose again as the state recorded 628 new Covid cases and three deaths overnight.
More than 60,829 Victorians showed up for a dose of the Covid vaccine on Tuesday.
Currently, 73.5 percent of eligible Victorians have received one dose of vaccination, while 44.7 percent have received a double vaccination.
WHERE TODAY’S CASES OCCUR
• 362 cases in north Melbourne, of which 194 in Hume, 80 in Whittlesea, 47 in Moreland, 23 in Darebin, 10 in Banyule and eight in Yarra;
• 113 cases in the western suburbs, including 27 in Melton, 52 in Wyndham and 34 in Brimbank;
• 62 cases in the Southeast, including 26 in Casey, 14 in Kardinia, seven in Stonnington, eight in Port Phillip and seven in Kingston; and
• 11 cases in the Victoria area, one in Wangaratta, one in East Gippsland, two in Geelong, four in Mitchell, two in Moorabool and one in the Macedon Ranges.
It comes when an outbreak worsened at an elderly care facility in Meadow Heights.
17 residents and four employees are currently infected with the virus.
Acting chief health officer Deb Friedman said several residents had been hospitalized.
She said this was for a variety of reasons, including general health measures and those that require monitoring.
SUPPORT PAYMENTS FOR CONSTRUCTION
Construction workers who lose their jobs in the next two weeks are eligible for support payments of up to $ 1,500.
Anyone who loses more than 20 hours per week in a week can receive the $ 750 Covid-19 disaster payment, while $ 450 payments are available for those who lose between eight hours and 20 hours stand.
The Herald Sun can reveal that the state government has requested additional assistance from the Commonwealth following the decision to shut down the construction industry.
However, this was rejected by the federal government because existing Covid-19 support measures would cover affected workers.
Scott Morrison confirmed Wednesday morning that the disaster payment “was there at that point to support it”.
From the United States, the Prime Minister said that while the construction industry was facing a difficult situation, this was no excuse for the “very worrying” protests in Melbourne.
“None of us are above the law,” said Morrison.
Approximately $ 2 billion in catastrophe payments have already flowed to 570,000 Victorians during lengthy lockdowns.
Daniel Andrews said on Wednesday that more sectors of the construction industry and elderly care facilities would join in, who needed to make sure workers are vaccinated.
The Prime Minister said Deputy Prime Minister James Merlino would outline further mandatory requirements later in the day.
The new requirements come when a top epidemiologist warned Victoria’s Covid-19 test numbers were way too low.
Victoria recorded 603 local cases of Covid-19 and one death on Monday.
Almost 49,000 Covid-19 tests were performed within the usual limits of 40-60,000 per day.
However, epidemiologist Peter Collignon said that number was way too low and should be closer to around 150,000 – the number NSW was steadily increasing at the same stage of its outbreak.
“I am concerned that the testing numbers in Victoria are lower than they should be,” he said.
“If NSW can get anywhere near 150,000, Victoria should be in that range.
“If you’ve had 600 cases with 60,000 tests, that’s a one percent positivity rate … that means we’re missing a lot of positive cases in the community.”
The last time the state recorded more than 600 daily infections was on August 4 last year when 686 cases were recorded.
More than 72 percent of eligible Victorians received a dose of the shock, while 44.1 percent received a double vaccination.
There are 6,000 active cases across the state.
HOSPITAL EMERGENCY ROOMS RUNNED
For the fourth time in two weeks, the waiting room in the emergency room at Dandenong Hospital was listed as a level 1 exposure site.
One case was in the waiting room on Monday, September 20, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:10 p.m., according to a list of the Ministry of Health’s exposure pages that appeared online after 10:30 p.m. Tuesday evening.
The Dandenong Hospital waiting room was also listed as a Tier 1 location on Monday in addition to its Tier 1 list on September 11 and 12.
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YOUNG CHILDREN IN ROW FOR PFIZER
Australia urges Pfizer to seek approval from our Medicines Agency as soon as possible to give its vaccine to children aged five to 11 years after extensive studies have shown positive results.
Health Secretary Greg Hunt said the federal government is ready to start vaccinating children as soon as authorities give the go-ahead.
Pfizer has presented study results showing that the vaccine is safe and effective in smaller doses for this age group.
Mr. Hunt wrote to Pfizer Australia that he was “encouraged” by the Council.
“I encourage and invite Pfizer to submit a parallel application for Australian regulatory approval to the Therapeutic Goods Administration at the earliest opportunity,” the letter reads.
“The Australian government is well placed to deliver this vaccine to this expanded age cohort.”
He also revealed that if the Australian Vaccination Board gave Pfizer the check mark, vaccinations would start “as a priority”. Pfizer says it will share its data with U.S., European and other regulators as soon as possible.
“We are committed to extending the protection that the vaccine provides, subject to regulatory approval, to this younger population, especially as we are tracking the spread of the Delta variant and the significant threat it poses to children,” said Albert Bourla. Pfizer Chairman of the Board.
Up to 4,500 children between the ages of six months and 11 years participated in the three-phase study in the United States, Finland, Poland and Spain.
Those aged five to 11 years received two doses of 10 micrograms of Pfizer – compared to 30 micrograms for the cohort over 12 years old – about three weeks apart.
“The Covid-19 vaccine was well tolerated, with side effects generally similar to those seen in participants aged 16-25,” said Pfizer.
Children under five years of age, including those six months to two years of age, received a dose of three micrograms for each injection. Your results are expected later this year.
The government’s senior nursing and midwifery officer, Alison McMillan, also welcomed the encouraging results.
“Australia is ready and prepared for childhood vaccination,” she said.
Under an agreement between the government and Pfizer, Australia will receive a total of 40 million doses this year, an additional 60 million doses in 2022 and 25 million doses in 2023.
Nationwide, almost 209,000 people between the ages of 12 and 15 have received at least one Covid-19 dose.
However, that number is expected to rise now after two planes with Moderna deliveries arrived in Australia over the weekend.
Moderna is Australia’s second mRNA vaccine. It will be available in pharmacies across Victoria for those ages 12 to 59 by the end of this week.
TOLL PERSONNEL ROLL-UP SLEEVES
The TRANSPORT giant Toll Group opened the doors to its own vaccination centers on Tuesday to vaccinate its employees against Covid.
The program is available to all Toll employees, contractors and subcontractors on a voluntary basis. 3000 team members have free access to Pfizer first and second dose vaccines.
After approval by the federal government, the hubs in the west of Melbourne were built at the Toll locations in Truganina and Altona North as well as at the headquarters in St Kilda Road.
You will be led by nursing, medical, and support team members.
Peter Stokes, President of Toll Global Logistics, said the program has already had strong employee interest.
“It is important that we do everything in our power to support the introduction of vaccination, including prioritizing access to vaccination for our employees at a time and place that is convenient for them,” said Stokes.
“We know that speeding up vaccination rates is key to protecting our people and communities, and helping ease restrictions.”
There are already plans to expand the program to other locations in the coming weeks.
The Toll Group has also offered its employees paid vaccination leave.