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When Victoria is likely to hit vaccine targets + how many recent COVID cases were vaccinated


There were 1638 new local cases of COVID-19 and two deaths recorded in Victoria yesterday.

About a quarter of the new cases are people aged in their 20s.

About 10,000 cases were reported in Victoria in the week to Tuesday.

Acting Chief Health Officer Ben Cowie says seven per cent of those cases were fully vaccinated, 15 per cent were partially vaccinated and 79 per cent were unvaccinated.

Across the state, 564 people are currently in hospital with COVID-19, 115 are in ICU and 74 are on ventilators. Of those in hospital yesterday, 66 per cent were unvaccinated, 27 per cent were partially vaccinated and 7 per cent were fully vaccinated.

Victoria’s eligible population first-dose vaccination rate is now 84.4 per cent, and 55 per cent of people over 16 are fully vaccinated.

Based on vaccination rates in the past week, Victoria is on track to reach 70 per cent double-dose vaccination of people aged 16+ on October 26, and 80 per cent double-dose vaccination on November 8.

Data analyst Anthony Macali, who operates the COVID Live website, says those dates could come forward slightly.

“That’s based on the last week and you would … expect the second dose rate to increase,” he told Neil Mitchell.

“We could shave a few days off the timeline, perhaps October 22 or 24 for 70 per cent and early November for the 80 per cent mark.”

Press PLAY below to hear Anthony Macali share how vaccination in Victoria is tracking

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