Department of Health

Chief Health Officer Update - 16 September 2022


COVID-19 Weekly Data

There were 13,252 COVID-19 cases reported in Victoria this week, down 17 per cent on the previous week. The average daily number of new cases this week is 1,893.

The number of active cases in Victoria is 9,806 and continues to decline from a peak of 71,428 recorded on 23 July.

The 7-day rolling average of patients with COVID-19 in Victorian hospitals is 210, down 17.6 per cent when compared to the same time last week. The daily number of COVID-19 patients requiring hospitalisation in the current wave peaked at 906 on 20 July.

There are currently 9 COVID-19 patients and 2 cleared cases in intensive care. There are 4 COVID-19 patients on a ventilator.

In the past three months, 6,755 COVID-19 patients were hospitalised in Victoria. Almost half (44.6 per cent) had not received their third vaccine dose. 2.042 (30.2 per cent) were unvaccinated, 65 had received one dose, 905 had two doses, 2,136 had received three doses and 1,607 had received four doses.

94.8 per cent of people aged 12 and over in Victoria have had two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, while 69.8 per cent of people aged 16 and over in Victoria have had their third dose.

Of Victorians aged 50 to 64 years, 79.6 per cent have had their third dose and 26.5 per cent have had their fourth dose. Of those aged over 65, 90.6 per cent have had their third dose and 65.1 per cent have had their fourth dose.

An average of 11 deaths were reported each day in the past week.

In the past three months, there have been 1,619 COVID-19 related deaths in Victoria. Of those deaths, 54.2 per cent had not received their third COVID-19 vaccine dose. 735 (45.4 per cent) were unvaccinated, 12 had received one dose, 131 had two doses, 341 had received three doses and 400 had received four doses.

The total number of COVID-related deaths in Victoria since the pandemic began is 5,530. The number of COVID-related deaths recorded in Victoria so far this year is 3,919.

COVID-19 epidemiological summary

COVID-19 cases, hospitalisations and deaths in Victoria continue to decline. Intensive care admissions and patients requiring ventilation remain steady. Case rates are similar and falling in all Australian states and territories.

The Omicron BA.4/BA.5 sub-variants of COVID-19 continue to be the dominant strains in Victoria and Australia, as detected through wastewater surveillance and genomic testing.

It is important that Victorians remain up to date with their COVID-19 vaccinations, get tested and stay home if you are unwell with COVID-19 symptoms, wear a good quality face mask if you are indoors in a public space or outside in a crowded space where you can’t physically distance and maintain good ventilation indoors.

Specialist vaccine clinics for at-risk children under 5 years

Victoria has established three specialist paediatric vaccination clinics to support the Commonwealth’s rollout of vaccines for children aged six months to under 5 years.

COVID-19 vaccination is now recommended for children aged six months to five years who are severely immunocompromised, or have a disability, as well as those who have complex or multiple conditions that increase their risk of severe COVID-19.

The clinics are at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Sunshine Hospital and the Monash Medical Centre and will be administering the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, which is the first vaccine approved for use in Australia for this age group.

Two doses of the vaccine are required, given eight weeks apart.

Eligible families can book into the three hospital clinics through the Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398 or they can book a GP via the Vaccine Clinic FinderExternal Link . Pharmacies are not administering this vaccine.

For more information on eligibility, visit COVID-19 vaccines for children aged 6 months to under 5 yearsExternal Link .

New bivalent COVID-19 vaccine to join the rollout

The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) has recommended the Moderna Spikevax Bivalent Original/Omicron BA.1 (subsequently referred to as Moderna bivalent) be used as an alternative vaccine for any booster dose in people aged 18 years or older.

The bivalent vaccine targets two different SARS-COV-2 viruses: the original 2020 strain and the Omicron variant BA.1. ATAGI has found it triggers a modest improvement in the immune response against both those strains.

The bivalent COVID-19 vaccine will be progressively introduced as existing Moderna COVID-19 vaccine stocks are exhausted.

You can see the full ATAGI statement at ATAGI statement on use of the Moderna bivalent Original/Omicron vaccineExternal Link .

To access the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Victoria, visit the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Victoria websiteExternal Link 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 9am to 5pm, 7 days a week.

Reviewed 16 September 2022


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