Vic to report vaccine uptake in over-12s

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Victoria will lower the age base to 12 and up in its daily COVID-19 vaccine uptake reporting, as the state's daily virus figures continue to drop.

The state recorded 941 new coronavirus infections on Wednesday, the second consecutive day the numbers have dropped below 1000.

Eight Victorians aged in their 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s have died with the virus, bringing the state's death toll since the beginning of the pandemic to 1142.

There are now 18,361 active infections across the state, while 657 people are in hospital with COVID-19, including 117 in intensive care, with 69 of those on a ventilator.

Almost 93 per cent of Victorians aged over 16 have received one vaccine dose and 82.2 per cent are double-jabbed.

From Thursday, the Department of Health will move to reporting daily vaccination uptake in all people aged over 12, instead of over-16s.

The over-12s vaccination rate is currently at 92.2 per cent first dose and 80.9 per cent fully vaccinated.

Premier Daniel Andrews pressed the importance of people following up with their second dose vaccine booking, to prevent serious illness.

"If you've got a second dose appointment, please try and bring that forward," he told reporters in Ballarat.

"Ninety-five or 96 per cent of the people in hospital who are gravely ill have not had a first or a second dose.

"If you are vaccinated, the chances of you finishing up really unwell are tiny, compared to the chances of someone who is not protected by one of these COVID-19 vaccines."

It comes after public events returned over the long weekend, with 10,000 spectators cheering on the Melbourne Cup at Flemington Racecourse on Tuesday.

Mr Andrews said Victorians can "look with confidence" towards restrictions being eased once 90 per cent of the state is fully vaccinated "in just a few weeks time".

Wednesday's case number is the lowest since 938 infections were recorded on September 28.

The areas with the highest level of cases are Casey, Greater Dandenong, Wyndham, Brimbank, Melton, Whittlesea, Greater Shepparton, Cardinia and Glen Eira.

Meanwhile, viral fragments have been detected in wastewater samples in Aireys Inlet and Apollo Bay.

Another 63,278 tests were processed on Tuesday and 9440 vaccines administered at state-run hubs.

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