Department of Health

Coronavirus update for Victoria – 31 March 2022


COVID-19 Data

There are 312 COVID-19 cases in hospital in Victoria – with 7 active cases in ICU, including 4 on a ventilator, and an additional 7 cleared cases in ICU.

6,124,473 vaccine doses have been administered by Victoria’s state-commissioned services, with 3,018 administered yesterday at state-run centres.

65.6 per cent of Victorians aged 18 and over have had three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. 94.3 per cent of Victorians aged 12 and over have had two doses.

11,292 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded yesterday. This includes:

  • 7,373 who tested positive on a Rapid Antigen Test
  • 3,919 who returned a positive result on a PCR test.

Sadly, the Department was notified of four deaths yesterday of people aged in their 70s, 80s, 90s and 100s. Three of today’s reported deaths occurred in late March and one death occurred in late December.

This brings the total number of deaths in Victoria since the pandemic began to 2,743.

There are 59,589 active cases in Victoria.

23,749 PCR tests were processed yesterday. The total number of PCR tests performed in Victoria since the pandemic began is 19,982,645.


Winter doses

ATAGI has recommended a ‘winter’ dose of COVID-19 vaccine to increase protection for certain groups of people at greatest risk of severe illness from COVID-19. These groups are:

  • adults aged 65 years and older
  • residents of aged care or disability care facilities
  • people aged 16 years and older who are severely immunocompromised
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 50 years and older.

Eligible people can get their winter dose four or more months after receiving their third COVID-19 vaccination dose. Those who are severely immunocompromised and have had four doses should also have a winter dose four months after their previous dose.

Winter doses are now available from all state-run vaccination centres. Eligible people can book their winter dose via the online vaccination booking portal or by calling the Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398.

Primary care providers such as GPs, pharmacies and Aboriginal health services will administer winter doses from 4 April 2022.

To see ATAGI’s advice in full, visit: ATAGI statement on recommendations on a winter booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

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 31 March 2022

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