Fewer Victorians in hospital with COVID-19

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The average number of Victorians being hospitalised with COVID-19 has dropped to its lowest level in weeks, with the state's premier attributing the trend to rising vaccination uptake.

Victoria recorded 1247 new locally acquired COVID-19 infections and another nine deaths on Thursday, with the state now managing 17,674 active cases.

There are 660 people in hospital, down from 746 one week ago, of whom 114 are in intensive care including 78 on a ventilator.

The state's seven-day hospitalisation average has dropped below 700 for the first time in weeks, falling from 708 to 696 between Tuesday and Wednesday.

Premier Daniel Andrews said it was a "very positive trend" and was pleased virus modelling predicting one in 10 positive cases would be hospitalised had not been realised.

"The most important numbers - the number of people in hospital - is coming down, the number of people in intensive care is coming down," he told reporters on Thursday.

"That's simply the impact, the efficacy, the amazing power of these COVID vaccines kicking in."

Burnet Institute modelling released in September estimated there could have been as many as 2500 Victorians in hospital, once restrictions eased at 80 per cent vaccination coverage.

That modelling was updated in mid-October, suggesting high vaccination levels had reduced the chances of overwhelming the hospital system by 40 per cent - from 63 to 23 per cent.

About 81 per cent of Victorians over 12 are now fully vaccinated, after 16,209 vaccines were administered at state-run hubs on Wednesday.

Under the roadmap, almost all restrictions will end for fully vaccinated people when 90 per cent of those 12 and over are double dosed.

Mr Andrews said he was "confident" the state is on track to hit that milestone by November 24.

He said he will ask the prime minister about the federal government's plans to rollout COVID-19 vaccines to children under 12, after news the US will order millions more Pfizer vaccines for five to 11-year-olds.

"Hopefully our federal government's doing the same, and they can make announcements quite soon about vaccinating our kids," he said.

"It'd be great to think that we could make a dent into that before the school year ended."

Mr Andrews said he will raise this issue, along with questions about booster vaccines and isolation requirements, at Friday's national cabinet meeting.

Meanwhile, he said his electorate staff are "safe and well" after the premier's Noble Park office was evacuated on Wednesday over "suspicious packages".

"There are some people out there who think that sort of stuff works ... to intimidate people, it's just silly," Mr Andrews said.

Victoria Police are yet to arrest or charge anyone over the incident, and investigations are ongoing.

"The substance has been tested and found to be safe and no one was injured," police said.

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