Department of Health

Coronavirus update – 21 January 2022


COVID-19 Data

There are 1,096 COVID-19 cases in hospital in Victoria – with 87 active cases in ICU, including 34 on a ventilator, and 34 cleared cases in ICU.

5,390,599 vaccine doses have been administered by Victoria’s state-commissioned services, with 25,492 administered yesterday at state-run centres. 5,716 of these doses were for children aged 5 to 11.

28.3 per cent of Victorians aged 18 and over have had three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. 93.3 per cent of Victorians aged 12 and over have had two doses.

Victoria was notified of 18,167 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday. This includes:

  • 8,144 who tested positive on a Rapid Antigen Test
  • 10,023 who returned a positive result on a PCR test.

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

  • About 62 per cent were from tests undertaken yesterday, 20 January.
  • About 19 per cent were from tests undertaken on 19 January.
  • The remainder of the tests were undertaken over the previous five days.

Sadly, the Department was notified yesterday of 20 deaths of people aged in their 50s, 70s, 80s, 90s and 100s. The age of one deceased case is unknown. This brings the total number of deaths in Victoria since the pandemic began to 1,771.

There are 252,399 active cases in Victoria.

43,119 PCR tests were processed yesterday. The total number of PCR tests performed in Victoria since the pandemic began is 18,616,357.­­


Third-dose vaccination blitz starts today

All Victorians aged 18 and over who had their second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine three or more months ago are now due for their third dose.

As part of the blitz, opening hours have been extended at major state-run vaccination hubs across Victoria, and walk-up capacity increased. Book online or check the wait times at your nearest state vaccination centre before you go.

Almost 6,000 vaccination appointments are also available until Monday at the Inner North Medical Clinic in Brunswick East and at the Altona North Medical Clinic.

Expanded vaccination leave for public-sector workers

Employees working in the Victorian public sector can now access up to half a day’s paid time off to get their third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

For more information, see Helping Public Sector Workers Get Their Third Dose.

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 21 January 2022


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