Victoria Covid Replace: Unvaccinated Residents Are Not Granted The Similar Freedom, Says Daniel Andrews | Victoria

Daniel Andrews says unvaccinated Victorians will not be given the same freedoms until Christmas as family doctors and pharmacies in the hardest-hit Melbourne suburbs receive grants to set up or increase in-house Covid vaccination capacity.

Victoria recorded 705 new locally acquired cases and one death on Monday, a man in his 70s from Darebin parish. It brings the death toll to 25 since the current outbreak.

At the press conference on Monday, the Victorian Prime Minister directly stated that he was not going to replicate the newly unveiled New South Wales roadmap whereby unvaccinated people would be given many of the same freedoms as the vaccinated population once 90% of the population is over 16 years old fully vaccinated, around December 1st.

Andrews said this would only decrease the motivation to get the jab.

“I’m not going to tell people, just wait five weeks and you’ll have all the freedom. No, that’s not a guarantee here at all, ”he said.

“We haven’t even talked about when [the vaccinated economy] could change and everyone could be equal. This is how different and strong are the differences between the risks for the hospital system that a vaccinated person presents compared to an unvaccinated person. “

Andrews reiterated that he is not aiming for the borderline goal of 100% vaccination, but “will push for so long” [he] possibly can. “

“Because every single push counts,” he said.

“I’m not surprised that Gladys is talking about 90%, they are three or four weeks ahead of us… over the next few weeks we will be able to watch very closely what happens in New South Wales when they open up. What does this mean for your health system and your nurses and doctors? What does this mean for the number of cases? All of these things. We wish them all the best, but we will benefit from it. “

Victoria’s vaccination rate is now 47.7% of the fully vaccinated population over 16 and 78.3% who received at least one dose.

The state is now very close to the 80% single vaccination milestone. Once met, people can travel 15km from home from home while raising the caps from 20 to 30 in regional venues. Golf, tennis and cricket as well as personal group training for up to five fully vaccinated adults can also be resumed. This is expected to be the case on Wednesday.

However, the prime minister noted that vaccination rates have increased unevenly across the state, with some of the hardest hit areas stalling. In response, Andrews announced a new support package for public pharmacies and general practitioners in 11 areas of high concern in local government, with grants to help set up internal vaccination services.

Although pharmacies and family doctors in the Brimbank, Cardinia, Casey, Darebin, Greater Dandenong, Hobsons Bay, Hume, Melton, Whittlesea, and Wyndham areas typically come under Commonwealth jurisdiction, they can get one of $ 120 with the Victorian government apply for grants that can be increased to $ 10,000 for ten providers.

“I got a couple of pharmacists who told me they didn’t have enough space in their shop, but if they had a little help they could rent a space next door or just down the street. You could run your own vaccine center in this area if you like. “

Andrews said the grants would allow primary care physicians and pharmacies to run additional hours, hire more staff, or rent out the space they need.

“For a relatively modest investment, we get an enormous return. More and more people vaccinated mean fewer people are in the hospital, opening up our community and our economy sooner, ”he said.

Expressions of interest will open this week, with the distribution of funds starting next Monday.

Andrews said more than 80% of new infections on Monday are in those under 50, with a quarter of them in their twenties.

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The new infections bring the number of active cases in the state to 8,538, including 363 people in the hospital, 75 in intensive care and 56 who require a ventilator.

Geelong, the state’s second largest city, was released from lockdown overnight. Two new cases were registered on Monday, although both were primary close contacts.

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