Vaccination centers in Victoria have been warned of “significant delays” after a computer system crashed this morning.
According to the government website, some hubs in Melbourne have waited more than an hour, but in places like Bendigo, some outside the city have waited only 15 minutes.
Jeroen Weimar, Victoria’s head of coronavirus testing, said there had been a “disruption” due to technical issues this morning but had been fixed by 10:30 p.m.
He said people were just “welcome” to get up but should check the official website for the latest wait.
He said the call center was taking “record” numbers of calls.
He said the level of around 20,000 a day could be continued for weeks ahead of their weekly vaccination.
“We look forward to maintaining that momentum,” he said.
“We can only go as fast as the vaccine supply allows us to.”
He said he was “disappointed” that some staff at two vaccination centers were unable to log in to the new computer system.
But he said they are still not launching an online booking system.
“We will launch the online portal when we believe it will be a good option for people to use.”
Victoria’s Health Minister Martin Foley told people not to try to get to the vaccine bookie line and try again later.
He reminded people that they can also contact their GP about bookies, the more reasons they get involved in the vaccination program.
About half of the vaccines given today were for Pfizer and half for estrogen.
More than 21,000 people received a job yesterday – to include people aged -40-aged9 as the age range expands.
That is despite the complaints of people struggling to get on the phone bookie line, and some of them went after one after another and returned in person to meet someone.
The Royal Melbourne Hospital, which runs one of the Royal Hub’s largest hubs, said people don’t want to book up today without a bookie.
The federal government is vaccinating elderly care homes and homes for the disabled, while states and territories cover the rest of the population.
Professor Jody McVernon, director of epidemiology at the Doherty Institute, said the numbers were a welcome sign today.
“We are all aware of the anecdotes in the weeks of recent vaccination centers,” she said today.
“Vaccines have been there and the Commonwealth has made more vaccines available in Victoria.
“So this extended recommendation is big and clearly the concern about COVID itself is a reality in Victoria as we are facing this recent outbreak and are working through this fresh lockout.”
Acting Prime Minister James Merlino said the vaccine would not have been needed if more people had been vaccinated.
According to the Australian Government, the total number of vaccinated doses across the country is 3,011,39. Has been
NSW has also given the most vaccinations to date – a total of 1, 19.
But Professor McBernan said there was no “magic number” for vaccines to do.
“We need a more sensitive and mature discussion,” she said.
“With a high level of vaccine coverage for the spread of COVID we think it can be manageable without the need for lockdown and other measures.
“But the more the population is vaccinated, the slower the spread.”
Opposition leader Anthony Albanis today called for a public campaign to raise awareness about the vaccine.
“We need to have a proper public information campaign to encourage vaccinations,” Mr. Albanis said.
“We haven’t seen anything. We’ve seen more ads for Harvey Norman in just one day than we’ve seen the rollout of vaccines and people can get vaccinated more than they’ve seen in a year.”
“This virus is not something we can’t lock into an Australian fort and wait for a storm to come. We have it,” she said.
“It simply came to our notice then.
“As we become more confident in our ability to control disease and ultimately we move our borders to ease and connect with the outside world, the transition will be here.”
He added that opening the vaccine to vaccine -4-4, when most people who die from the virus grow old, was “encouraging” because they were “socially active”.
With only half of the more than 100 vaccinated in Victoria, it has been revealed that many elderly care homes in the state did not receive the vaccine earlier this week.
More places visited by people with the virus across the state have been added to the list of exposure sites, which is over 100.
“We saw how quickly those exposure sites were stacked up and they were all in metropolitan Melbourne and the regions,” she said.