Department of Health

Coronavirus update – 16 January 2022


COVID-19 Data

There are 1,114 COVID-19 cases in hospital in Victoria – with 89 active cases in ICU, including 35 on a ventilator, and 33 cleared cases in ICU.  

5,286,504 vaccine doses have been administered by Victoria’s state-commissioned services, with 18,646 administered yesterday at state-run centres.

94.7 per cent of Victorians aged 12 and over have now had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 93.2 per cent have had two doses. This excludes the most recent Commonwealth data.

23.7 per cent of Victorians aged 18 and over have had three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. 

Victoria was notified of 28,128 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday. This includes:

  • 10,337 who tested positive on a Rapid Antigen Test and who reported the result to the Department
  • 17,791 who returned a positive result on a PCR test

Of those who reported a positive result on a Rapid Antigen Test yesterday:

  • Approximately 60 per cent were from tests undertaken yesterday, 15 January.
  • Approximately 19 per cent were from tests undertaken 14 January.
  • With the remainder from tests undertaken over the previous five days.

Sadly, the Department was notified yesterday of 13 deaths of people aged in their 70s, 80s and 90s. This brings the total number of deaths in Victoria since the pandemic began to 1,691. Of these, three deaths were reclassified due to duplications.

There are 237,559 active cases in Victoria.

59,031 PCR tests were processed yesterday. The total number of PCR tests performed in Victoria since the pandemic began is 18,382,910.


Rapid Antigen Tests

From tomorrow, 3 million rapid antigen tests will be distributed to key workforces – including health care, disability, aged care and emergency services – and vulnerable Victorians. This will ensure these groups can be diagnosed quickly to allow them to both seek the treatment if required and isolate to prevent transmission.

For more information visit Millions Of Rapid Tests Land In Victoria, More To Come.

New exemptions to isolation requirements for critical workers

From 11.59pm on Tuesday 18 January, a range of critical workers in emergency services, education, critical utilities, custodial facilities, transport and freight, will join workers in the food production sector as eligible for an exemption from quarantine as close contacts of people diagnosed with COVID-19. 

For more information, see A safe and sensible return to work for essential workers.

Child vaccinations

Yesterday, 4,921 children between the age of 5 and 11 were vaccinated at state centres. The number of paediatric doses administered through primary care and state-run sites to date is 69,693.

As of Sunday afternoon there were more than 5000 appointments available each at the Royal Exhibition Building and the Plenty Valley Arts and Convention Centre and more than 4500 appointments available at Latrobe University, over the next 7 days.

Parents and carers can make a booking at state-run centres by calling the Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398 or using the online booking system.

A separate account and email address is no longer required for children. Parents and carers can now add dependent children to their online account to manage their family’s vaccination bookings. Walk-ins without a booking are not available for children aged 5 to 11.

Appointments can also be made at a GP or pharmacy by booking through the clinic finder.

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 9am to 5pm, 7 days a week.

Reviewed 16 January 2022


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