vic vax hubs to close test demand rises

Sumary of Vic vax hubs to close, test demand rises:

  • As COVID-19 vaccination hubs wind down in Victoria, a rise in demand for testing is putting more pressure on the system.
  • Landmark sites at the Royal Exhibition Building and the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, will deliver their last jabs in mid-December along with Box Hill Town Hall.
  • Other clinics at Eastland shopping centre and Wyndham’s Eagle Stadium are scheduled to shut at the end of the week, followed by St Vincent’s Private in Werribee, the Melbourne Showgrounds and the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre next to Austin Hospital.
  • Fifteen metro and regional sites will remain open into next year to administer booster shots and potentially first and second doses to five to 11-year-old children, if and when a COVID-19 vaccine is approved by federal regulators.
  • Victoria recorded 1362 new COVID-19 cases and seven deaths on Friday, the state’s highest daily number of infections since November 1.The rising cases coincide with strong testing numbers, including 73,419 processed on Thursday.
  • The health department’s COVID-19 response deputy secretary Naomi Bromley said average testing had jumped from 41,000 in August to 71,000 at present.
  • She told ABC Radio Melbourne health authorities scaled up the system to meet rising demand this week, but average wait times have blown out to 60 minutes across the network.

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