Media release
22 October 2021

Data

Yesterday, 38,339 vaccine doses were administered by Victoria’s state-commissioned services. The total number of doses administered through state-run services is 4,350,026.

90.5 per cent of Victorians aged 16 and over have now had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 71.1 per cent have had two doses. This excludes most recent Commonwealth data.

There are 784 COVID-19 cases in hospital in Victoria. 145 of those cases are in intensive care, with 94 cases on a ventilator.

Of the cases in hospital yesterday, 88 per cent were not fully vaccinated. Of the cases in intensive care yesterday, 94 per cent were not fully vaccinated.

Sadly, the Department was notified of 16 deaths yesterday, bringing the total number of deaths in Victoria since the pandemic began to 1,021. They were:

  • A man aged in his 60s
  • Four women in their 70s
  • Three men and four women in their 80s
  • Three women and one man in their 90s

Victoria was notified of 2,189 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday. All cases were locally acquired except for one case which was acquired overseas. The 10 Local Government Areas with the highest number of new cases in both Melbourne and regional Victoria are: Casey, Greater Dandenong, Wyndham, Melton, Hume, Whittlesea, Brimbank, Latrobe, Moreland and Darebin.

All locations containing new cases have been published at Victorian COVID-19 data.

There are 23,230 active cases in Victoria. The total number of confirmed cases in Victoria since the beginning of the pandemic is 75,340.

77,036 COVID-19 tests were processed yesterday and there are currently more than 72,200 active primary close contacts in isolation in Victoria.

Updates

New quarantine arrangements for returning international travellers

The government has today announced new quarantine arrangements for returning international travellers who are fully vaccinated.

More details can be found in this media release from the Premier.

Vaccines

There are currently more than 140,000 first and second dose bookings available in state vaccinations hubs for next week. This includes 51,000 second dose Pfizer appointments.

For the past week, Victoria has been administering more vaccine doses than any other state and we are on track to becoming one of the most highly vaccinated jurisdictions in the world.

As we move towards our 80 per cent double-dose target, the government is continuing its efforts to boost vaccination rates in Local Government Areas with lower coverage by hosting mini pop-up clinics to remove any remaining barriers to vaccine access.

As part of this push, 30 vaccination centres across Victoria will open to walk-up Pfizer appointments with no booking required and nine pop-up clinics will launch in partnership with youth mental health organisation, Headspace.

Details about these new clinics can be found at Greater access to vaccinations in Victoria’s final push.

This weekend there will be 16 school pop-up vaccination sites in the follow locations:

  • Victoria University Secondary College, Jamieson St, St Albans
  • Box Hill High School, Whitehorse Road, Box Hill
  • Reservoir High School, Plenty Road, Reservoir
  • Cranbourne West Secondary College, Strathlea Drive, Cranbourne West
  • Red Cliffs Secondary College, Fitzroy Avenue, Red Cliffs
  • Richmond High School, Griffiths Street, Richmond
  • Bundoora Secondary College, Balmoral Avenue, Bundoora
  • Copperfield College, Cnr Community Hub and Calder Park Drive, Sydenham
  • Hampton Park Secondary College, Fordholm Road, Hampton Park
  • Lalor North Secondary College, Childs Road, Epping
  • Westall Secondary College, Rosebank Avenue, Clayton South
  • Pascoe Vale Girls Secondary College, Lake Avenue, Pascoe Vale
  • Monterey Secondary College, Silvertop Cres, Frankston North
  • Mooroolbark College, Manchester Road, Mooroolbark
  • Greater Shepparton Secondary College (McGuire Campus), Wilmot Road, Shepparton
  • Melton Secondary College, Coburns Road, Melton

Victorians are encouraged to book their COVID-19 vaccination through their local GP or community pharmacy, community health service or state vaccination centre. To find a GP or pharmacy provider and make a booking, visit the Australian Government Department of Health website.

Wastewater

COVID-19 viral fragments have been detected in wastewater samples taken from the following regional area:

  • Halls Gap - unexpected detection for the period 18 - 20 October.

The detection could be an undiscovered new case or cases or could be the result of one or more people in the area who have recovered from COVID-19 but are still shedding the virus.

Anyone who lives in, works in or has visited the area above is urged to watch for the mildest of COVID-19 symptoms and get tested as soon as possible if symptoms develop.

For more information on wastewater testing, visit the Wastewater Testing webpage.

Links and contacts

More information

To access the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Victoria, visit the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Victoria website or call the 24-hour Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can also call the Victorian Aboriginal COVID Information Line on 1800 312 911. Callers will speak with Aboriginal staff who can answer questions about COVID-19 and direct them to relevant support services. The information line is open from 9 am to 5 pm, 7 days a week.