Department of Health

Coronavirus update – 17 January 2022


COVID-19 Data

There are 1,229 COVID-19 cases in hospital in Victoria – with 89 active cases in ICU, including 38 on a ventilator, and 40 cleared cases in ICU.

5,330,063 vaccine doses have been administered by Victoria’s state-commissioned services, with 12,336 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.

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

Victoria was notified of 22,429 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday. This includes:

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

  • Approximately 63 per cent were from tests undertaken yesterday, 16 January.
  • Approximately 18 per cent were from tests undertaken 15 January.
  • With the remainder from tests undertaken over the previous five days.

Sadly, the Department was notified yesterday of six deaths of people aged in their 60s, 80s and 90s. This brings the total number of deaths in Victoria since the pandemic began to 1,696. Of these, one death was reclassified due to a duplication.

There are 245,040 active cases in Victoria.

49,698 PCR tests were processed yesterday. The total number of PCR tests performed in Victoria since the pandemic began is 18,432,608.


Community engagement

The Victorian Government is making it easier for Victorians from multicultural and multifaith backgrounds to get vaccinated, with targeted support to help them access vaccinations, get to appointments and combat misinformation.

For more information visit Boosting Vaccinations In Multicultural CommunitiesExternal Link

Child vaccinations

Yesterday, 3,897 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 78,712.

Appointments can be made at a GP or pharmacy by booking through the clinic finderExternal Link .

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.

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 11 July 2023


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