Taking a closer look at the coronavirus cases in Victoria, the state’s COVID-19 response commander Jeroen Weimar said today that 34 of the state’s 522 active virus cases are being treated at the hospital, 23 of whom were under 40 years old.
“This includes an infant,” Mr. Weimar said.
Nine people are in intensive care, seven of whom are on ventilators.
This underscores Premier Daniel Andrews’ comment earlier today that the virus is “relevant to all age groups.”
The state has registered 50 new cases of the locally acquired virus today. Of the 522 active cases of the virus detected in the state so far in the midst of this latest outbreak, 113 have 9 or less, 101 are between 10 and 19 and 92 are between 20 and 29, Mr Andrews said.
Andrews announced today that 16 to 39 year olds will be eligible for the Pfizer vaccine from 7 a.m. tomorrow, using supplies purchased by the federal government in Poland.
People under the age of 40 with existing AstraZeneca appointments with state-run immunization centers would be offered a choice between Pfizer or AstraZeneca, he said, with the exception of those aged 16 and 17 years old who would only be offered Pfizer.
But he added that “I want to warn that there are 1.2 million people in this age group who we believe have not yet been vaccinated. There are 450,000 Pfizer images. In total, 830,000 appointments are open. Not everyone will be able to make an appointment tomorrow ”.
“There isn’t, at this point, enough for everyone to come forward and make a reservation, but if we can put those jabs in the arms in the next few weeks, we’ll hit our 1 million. [shots over five weeks]. We will probably do better than that.