Media release
23 October 2021

COVID-19 data

Yesterday, 39,126 vaccine doses were administered by Victoria’s state-commissioned services. The total number of doses administered through state-run services is 4,389,203.

90.9 per cent of Victorians aged 16 and over have now had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 72.4 per cent have had two doses. This excludes most recent Commonwealth data.

There are 770 COVID-19 cases in hospital in Victoria. 144 of those cases are in intensive care, with 90 cases on a ventilator.

Of the cases in hospital yesterday, 86 per cent were not fully vaccinated. Of the cases in intensive care yesterday, 93 per cent were not fully vaccinated.

Sadly, the Department was notified of nine deaths yesterday, bringing the total number of deaths in Victoria since the pandemic began to 1,030. They were:

  • A man aged in his 60s
  • Three women and two men in their 70s
  • One woman in her 80s
  • Two women in their 90s

Victoria was notified of 1,750 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday. All cases were locally acquired except for two cases that were acquired overseas. The 10 Local Government Areas with the highest number of new cases in both Melbourne and regional Victoria are: Casey, Melton, Wyndham, Greater Dandenong, Whittlesea, Hume, Brimbank, Melbourne, Moreland and Moonee Valley.

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

There are 23,164 active cases in Victoria. The total number of confirmed cases in Victoria since the beginning of the pandemic is 76,886.

72,858 COVID-19 tests were processed yesterday. The total number of tests performed in Victoria since the pandemic began is 12,793,853. 

There are currently more than 74,000 active primary close contacts in isolation in Victoria.

In yesterday’s Chief Health Officer update, we reported 2,189 new cases in Victoria.  After reconciliation of yesterday’s case numbers, that figure has been revised to 2,159 new cases. The total number of cases reported yesterday was also reconciled and should have been recorded as 75,165.



A major focus of Victoria’s response to COVID-19 continues to be encouraging and facilitating as many people to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

More than four million Victorians are now fully vaccinated with 90.2 per cent of Victorians 12 years and over having had their first dose and 70.2 per cent of that wider cohort now fully vaccinated.

Across all vaccination services, Victoria is currently administering about 70,000 second vaccination doses a day.

As of last night, we have 440,000 second doses to be administered to reach the 80 per cent double dose vaccination target.

There are many venues at which to get vaccinated, including the 91 state-run clinics as well as through the thousands of participating GPs and pharmacies in Victoria.

We are continuing to run our popular mini community pop-up vaccination sites with 10 new “mini pops” opening next week.

Three of these are at Degani Cafes in Broadmeadows, Plenty Valley and Roxburugh Park and four mini pops will operate from Headspace centres in Sunshine, Glenroy, Frankston and Greensborough.

By the end of this weekend, we will have operated 106 pop-up sites across Victoria, and they are proving to be highly effective in providing access to vaccinations for people who, for a range of reasons, have experienced barriers to getting vaccinated.

This weekend there will be 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.

While vaccinations remain critical in our fight against COVID-19, with high case numbers and sustained community transmission, it is vitally important that Victorians continue to be cautious and undertake COVIDSafe practices, particularly as we open up as we reach our vaccination targets.

COVIDSafe practices include adhering to social distancing rules, not visiting regional Victoria if you live in Metropolitan Melbourne (except for authorised reasons) and anyone 12 years and over wearing a fitted face mask whenever they leave their home, indoors or outdoors, unless a lawful exception applies.

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.