Melbourne students to stay home in term 3

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Melbourne students will not return to face-to-face learning during term three, with Year 12 students given priority bookings for COVID-19 vaccines ahead of exams.

Premier Daniel Andrews on Wednesday confirmed he would announce a plan for Melbourne students to return to the classroom for the start of term four next week.

"I'm not in a position, given just how rapidly things are changing ... to outline that at the moment," he told reporters.

"There is time. We have school holidays ... between now and the beginning of term four. We'll take a little bit more time to finalise the work that's already been done."

Mr Andrews said a "detailed and comprehensive plan" for regional Victorian schools would also be announced next week, when lockdown is expected to be lifted for all towns except Shepparton.

In the meantime, Victorian Certificate of Education students will be given priority access to first dose Pfizer vaccinations from September 7 to 17.

Mr Andrews estimated the priority access would cover 60,000 to 70,000 Year 12 and 11 students sitting 3/4 exams, as well as their teachers and examiners.

He expects the lion's share of the cohort to be vaccinated through state-run hubs, but he urged students with previously arranged GP and pharmacy bookings to honour them.

The priority access will make use of the Pfizer vaccine allocated to Victoria as part of the 500,000 additional doses procured by the federal government from Singapore.

But Mr Andrews said the state government had a "back-up plan" to move around some second dose Pfizer appointments to reach its target to have all Year 12 students vaccinated with at least one dose by October 5.

"We won't have to do that now but we're grateful for those additional supplies that will be coming our way," he said.

The General Achievement Test has been rescheduled again to October 5.

Opposition spokesman for education David Hodgett said it was disappointing the government had not provided a detailed plan for students.

"The premier should be out saying 'this is what we want to achieve and here are the details of how we're going to do it," he told reporters.

"As if students haven't got enough to worry about. We should be giving them stability, we should be giving them hope so that they can prepare for their VCE exams."

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