Victoria’s Cases Rise Amid Push For Kids Covid Vaccine Approval

1343 new infections


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Another rise in Victoria's Covid numbers with 1343 new infections on Friday and sadly, ten lives lost.

It follows a slight reprieve where cases fell below 1000 over a number of days this week.

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The state currently has 18,952 active coronavirus cases, with 634 people in hospital, while 109 of those are in ICU and 73 are on ventilators.

The new cases were detected from 66,155 swabs collected on Thursday, while 14,255 vaccine doses were administered at state-run hubs, with many more at GP clinics and pharmacies.

Currently, about 82 per cent of eligible Victorians aged over 12 are now fully vaccinated, with the 90 per cent double-dose vaccination milestone anticipated around November 24.

It comes as Victorian and NSW leaders hope to push the Prime Minister into revealing the timeline for a Covid vaccine for children under 12 during today's National Cabinet meeting. 

The lower dose Pfzier vaccine for children aged between 5 and 11 has this week been approved in the US.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said it's important vaccines for younger children get rolled out as quickly and safely as possible.

"The great to think that we could make a dint into that before the school year ended, rather than having them out and about all over the summer, hopefully doing what kids do over summer, having fun, but without the protection of at least first dosed"

- Premier Andrews

Epidemiologist Catherine Bennett believes its crucial parents get an idea of when they'll be able to protect their kids from the virus.

"There's a real appetite out there now, people now trust the vaccines," she said. 

"Parents have been vaccinated themselves [and] are keen for their kids to be able to go to school, stay in school and have less risk of infection given we still don't fully understand the risk of infection in children".

- Prof Catherine Bennett

It follows a joint announcement from NSW and Victorian premiers that state borders would come down as of 11.59pm on Thursday with the aim of normalising living with Covid. 

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4 November 2021

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