Department of Health

Coronavirus update for Victoria – 28 October 2021

Yesterday, 21,272 vaccine doses were administered by Victoria’s state-commissioned services.

28/10/21

COVID-19 Data

Yesterday, 21,272 vaccine doses were administered by Victoria’s state-commissioned services. The total number of doses administered through state-run services is 4,530,573.

92.1 per cent of Victorians aged 16 and over have now had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 77.5 per cent have had two doses. This excludes most recent Commonwealth data.

There are 746 COVID-19 cases in hospital in Victoria. 137 of those cases are in intensive care, with 85 cases on a ventilator.

Victoria was notified of 1,923 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday. All cases were local. The 10 Local Government Areas with the highest number of new cases are Casey, Melton, Wyndham, Greater Dandenong, Hume, Brimbank, Whittlesea, Glen Eira, Moreland and Greater Geelong.

All locations containing new cases are published at Victorian COVID-19 data.

There are 22,189 active cases in Victoria. The total number of confirmed cases in Victoria since the beginning of the pandemic is 84,942.

Sadly, the Department was notified of 25 deaths yesterday, bringing the total number of deaths in Victoria since the pandemic began to 1,090.

  • A person aged in their 40s
  • Two people in their 50s
  • Two people in their 60s
  • Six people in their 70s
  • 10 people in their 80s
  • Four people in their 90s

In another strong day for testing, 82,648 COVID-19 tests were processed yesterday. The total number of tests performed in Victoria since the pandemic began is 13,141,919.

There are currently more than 75,200 active primary close contacts in isolation in Victoria.

Updates

Restrictions will ease again at 6pm tomorrow, Friday 29 October, thanks to so many Victorians taking action to protect themselves and their community. For more information, visit Victoria’s Roadmap.

The Victorian Government will legislate a new pandemic-specific part of the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008. For more information, visit Laws to enshrine safe and clear pandemic responses

Australian Immunisation Record medical exemption form

The Chief Health Officer has declared that from 6pm tomorrow, Friday 29 October, only the Australian Immunisation Register medical exemption form is to be used to provide patients proof of a medical exemption to any vaccination requirements in Victoria.

There are a very small number of people who cannot get the COVID-19 vaccine because they have a condition or a situation where the vaccine is medically unadvised.

Our hardworking and trusted GPs are, in the large part, tasked with determining these exemptions when visited by their patients. But there have been some difficulties with this.

We’ve had feedback from GPs that they want more clarity on the process; more information on the limited medical exemptions as advised by the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation – or ATAGI; and a way of communicating the limited exemptions to their patients.

That’s why we will be making a change to Chief Health Officer Directions, that only the Australian Immunisation Register medical exemption form is to be used.

This change will be supported by a Victorian clinical guidance form that will be available as resource for medical practitioners. This guidance form will assist medical practitioners in determining whether their patient meets the ATAGI listed reasons for a medical exemption.

If there are people with an exemption letter that isn’t the Australian Immunisation Register form – such as just a standard doctor’s certificate – they will need to return to their medical practitioner to submit the form by 12 November. They can continue to use a doctor’s certificate up to that date.

The Victorian guidance form presents the limited contraindications very clearly.

It also includes having COVID-19 within the previous six months as a reason for temporary exemption for another six months, if the individual has not recovered from acute illness

The combination of the Victorian guidance form and the Commonwealth’s medical exemption form will provide GPs a tight and clear process that they can show their patients.

Some GPs have faced a lot of pressure from people who don’t want to get the vaccine for other reasons, going from clinic to clinic to get an exemption.

It will also mean that those who don’t have a legitimate medical reason to not be vaccinated will see their exemptions expire in a fortnight.

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 28 October 2021

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