Vic teen on ventilator, vax booking boost

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A 17-year-old on a ventilator is among the 110 Victorians in hospital with coronavirus, as the state opens another 40,000 vaccination bookings a week.

The state recorded 246 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, including 156 not linked to known sources. It takes the number of active cases in Victoria to 1786.

Premier Daniel Andrews said 14 of the 30 intensive care patients are hooked up to ventilators to breathe.

"To give people a clear sense and hopefully remove any doubt this is everybody's business, the age range of those ventilated patients is 17 years of age through to 76 years of age," he told reporters.

Mr Andrews said none of the hospital patients were fully vaccinated and urged Victorians to get any COVID-19 vaccine available to them.

To help get more shots in more arms, the state will increase capacity, adding 40,000 vaccination appointments each week to Victorian-run hubs.

Another 25 cubicles have been added at Melbourne Town Hall, Port Melbourne Town Hall and at the Eagle Stadium drive-through at Wyndham.

The Melton drive-through clinic will have its capacity doubled and a new vaccination centre will be created at La Trobe University at Bundoora.

While the state is ramping up the vaccination efforts, Mr Andrews took a swipe at the federal government over reports COVID-hit NSW is receiving 45 per cent of Pfizer doses despite having about 32 per cent of Australia's population.

"Some don't like to see this as a race but a race it surely is," Mr Andrews said.

"What I didn't know was that premier Gladys Berejiklian is in a sprint while the rest of us are supposed to do some sort of egg and spoon thing. No, we want our fair share."

Federal Health Minister Greg Hung flatly rejected the claim NSW was getting more than its fair share, saying doses were initially prioritised to Victoria during its previous outbreak to save lives.

"The Victorian state system has received a higher per capita rate of doses delivered than NSW," he told reporters.

"Victoria has received just over three million doses to the state system, the NSW system has received just over 3.3 million doses. That is 32 per cent versus 26 per cent."

A vaccination blitz of Victorian year 12 students started on Tuesday, aiming to get all year 12 students vaccinated with at least one dose before their final exams in October.

Mr Andrews urged people over 60 who are hoping to get a Pfizer vaccine to stop waiting and get the AstraZeneca immunisation readily available.

"Don't get in a queue behind 12 -year-olds, they can only get Pfizer. If you wait in the queue with them, you will be waiting a long time," he said.

Melbourne will remain under tough lockdown restrictions until at least 70 per cent of eligible Victorians receive their first vaccine.

The state has hit 61.59 per cent first dose coverage and is expected to reach the 70 per cent target by about September 18, sooner than the government anticipated.

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