Victoria has run out of the Pfizer jab, causing health officials to beg for vaccine donations from other states amid its lockdown.
Three new Covid cases were recorded overnight, bringing Victoria’s outbreak of the double mutant Indian variant to 63.
Professor Alan Chung told reporters on Thursday that ‘there is no Pfizer left’ amid the Federal Government’s already-bungled vaccine rollout.
‘We are still vaccinating at the moment. In times of forward bookings, there is a shortage, but I am not sure exactly when that supply will become available,’ he said.
‘We are trying to do the best we can with the supply we have. We would always welcome any state that wanted to give their vaccine to us, but that is a national matter.
‘There is a small stockpile and we are using those at the moment. I could not give you the exact figures, but clearly there has been a surge in demand for vaccines and there is not the supply to be able to meet that at the moment.’
Prof Chang said there needs to be a balance between getting special groups vaccinated first and then ‘just trying to get as many eligible people vaccinated in as possible’.
Commuters have been placed on high alert after six busy Melbourne bus routes were added to Victoria’s growing exposure site list (stock of a Melbourne bus)
REGIONAL VICTORIA COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS FROM 11.59PM THURSDAY
REGIONAL VICTORIA RESTRICTIONS CHANGES:
* Five reasons to leave home removed
* No travel distance limit from home
* Regional Victorians can travel to Melbourne for permitted reasons, must follow city rules
* Outdoors gatherings up to 10 people
* Food and hospitality venues open for seated service only, 50 person cap subject to density limit
* Retail and personal services providers to reopen with masks
* Religious gatherings and ceremonies permitted for up to 50 people, plus one faith leader
* Fifty people allowed at funerals, 10 at weddings
* Junior outdoor community sport can resume, adults may train outdoors
* Outdoor pools, libraries and toy libraries can reopen for up to 50 people, subject to density limit
* Outdoor entertainment venues capped to 50 people, or 50 per cent of the venue’s seated capacity
* Businesses open in regional Victoria but not Melbourne must check IDs of every customer
* Service Victoria QR check-ins mandatory in retail settings including supermarkets and shops
GREATER MELBOURNE RESTRICTIONS CHANGES FROM 11.59PM THURSDAY
* 5km home travel radius for shopping and exercise extended to 10km
* Year 11 and 12 students return to face-to-face learning, as well as pupils studying a Unit 3 and 4 VCE or VCAL subjects while class is taught
* Outdoor jobs including landscaping, painting installing solar panels and letterboxing can resume
* No other changes
Meanwhile, regional Victoria will emerge from lockdown as the state records three new COVID-19 cases.
Residents outside of metropolitan Melbourne will be able to leave home for any reason after 11.59pm on Thursday, Acting Premier James Merlino has confirmed.
Under eased restrictions for regional Victoria, there will be no limit on how far people can travel and outdoor gatherings of up to 10 will be allowed.
Mask will remain compulsory indoors and outdoors when social distancing isn’t possible.
Schools, retail and hospitality will also be able to reopen.
Last year’s so-called ‘ring of steel’ to enforce the differing restrictions between Melbourne and regional Victoria isn’t coming back, with roving police patrols to be used instead.
Regional businesses will have to check the IDs of customers to ensure they aren’t from Melbourne.
Melbourne commuters have been urged to be on high alert after six busy bus routes in Melbourne were added to the state’s ballooning exposure sites list which now sits at 370 venues.
The Victorian Health Department issued a Tier 1 warning for anyone who travelled on six 357 bus routes across the city’s north, meaning those passengers must quarantine for 14 days and get tested immediately.
A positive case travelled on the 357 bus on May 24 from Epping station/Cooper Street to Liquorland/Harvest Home Rd between 4.44pm-5.17pm.
Two buses were exposed on May 25, a route from Gammage Blvd/Edgars Rd to Epping station/Cooper Street between 8.46am-9.11am and from Epping station to Coles/Harvest Home Rd between 9.22am-9.46am.
Another two routes were affected on May 26, including the Gammage Blvd/Edgars Rd to Epping Station/Cooper Street between 8.46am-9.11am and Epping station to Gammage Blvd/Edgars Rd route between 9.22pm-9.46pm.
On May 28, the 357 bus from Gammage Blvd/Edgars Rd to Memorial Ave/High Street route was exposed between 3.08pm-3.18pm.
Meanwhile, a Tier 1 warning is also in place for a scouts hall, a swimming school a popular supermarket.
It applies to Joeys Scouts Carlton on May 26 between 6pm-7.30pm, Elite Swimming Ascot Vale on May 25 between 5.15pm and 6pm and anyone who visited Dockland Coles, on Spencer Street, on May 30 between 12.00pm-1.00pm.
A woman in a mask waits for public transport near to Metro tunnel works on Flinders Street
The same health advice applies to anyone who visited Costco Wholesale Docklands on May 31 between 3.30pm – 4.20pm or the Anglesea Golf Club bistro on May 25 between 6.00pm – 7.30pm.
Two supermarkets have also been placed on the list under a Tier 2 warning, meaning anyone who visited the site should get tested immediately and isolate until receiving a negative result.
Coles Epping, in Aurora Village, is was exposed on May 25 between 9.05pm- 10.00pm as was IGA Anglesea on the same day between 10.30am-11.15am and on May 27 between 10.15am – 11.00am.
In Anglesea, the same advice applies to anyone who visited the local Transfer Station, on Coalmine Rd, on May 25 between 9.20am- 9.35am or Oaks Bakery on May 27 between 10.30am-11.00am.
Costco Docklands (pictured) has been listed as an exposure site on May 31 between 3.30pm-4.20pm
SIX MELBOURNE BUS ROUTES ADDED TO EXPOSURE SITES LIST
PTV BUS NUMBER 357: Gammage Blvd/Edgars Rd to Memorial Ave/High Street; May 28 between 3.08pm-3.18pm; Tier 1
PTV BUS NUMBER 357: Epping station to Gammage Blvd/Edgars Rd; May 26 between 9.22pm-9.46pm; Tier 1
PTV BUS NUMBER 357: Gammage Blvd/Edgars Rd to Epping Station/Cooper Street; May 26 between 8.46am-9.11am; Tier 1
PTV BUS NUMBER 357: Epping station to Coles/Harvest Home Rd; May 25 between 9.22am-9.46am; Tier 1
PTV BUS NUMBER 357: Gammage Blvd/Edgars Rd to Epping station/Cooper Street; May 25 between 8.46am-9.11am; Tier 1
PTV BUS NUMBER 357: Epping station/Cooper Street to Liquorland/Harvest Home Rd; May 24 between 4.44pm-5.17pm; Tier 1
Anyone who travelled on the above bus routes must immediately isolate, get a Covid test and quarantine for 14 days.
Other new Tier 2 sites include the Faculty of Music, in Brunswick, on May 27 between 4.00pm-5.30pm, Flagstaff Gardens, West Melbourne, on May 28 between 2.30pm- 4.30pm and Williamstown Post Office on May 28 between 3.20pm-4.10pm.
The alerts comes after Acting Premier James Merlino announced on Wednesday Greater Melbourne will remain in lockdown for another week until 11.59pm on June 10.
Meanwhile, restrictions will ease in regional Victoria from midnight Thursday if the concerning cluster continues to be confined to the city.
Victoria had another record day of testing, with 57,519 in the 24 hours to midnight on Wednesday.
If regional areas come out of lockdown, it would mean the removal of the five reasons to leave home, retail businesses reopening, and hospitality venues operating as seated service only.
The so-called ‘ring of steel’, used last year to enforce the regional divide, will be replaced by roving police patrols.
The alert comes as authorities announced Melbourne’s lockdown will be extended until June 10. Pictured: Two woman are seen exercising in Melbourne on Wednesday
Instead, the onus will be on regional businesses checking the IDs of customers, while Service Victoria QR code check-ins will become mandatory statewide in retail settings such as supermarkets.
COVID-19 has been detected in wastewater at Bendigo and Axedale, and there are exposure sites at Anglesea, Axedale, Glenrowan, Kalkallo, Wallan and Rye.
The Victorian Department of Health is urging residents to regularly monitor the exposure site list for updates.
Anyone who has visited a Tier 1 exposure site must immediately isolate, get a Covid test and quarantine for 14 days.
Anyone who has visited a Tier 2 exposure site during times listed should urgently get a test and isolate until they receive a negative result.
Anyone who has visited a Tier 3 exposure site during times listed should monitor for symptoms – if symptoms develop, immediately get tested and isolate until you receive a negative result.
COVID-EXPOSED VENUES ANNOUNCED OVERNIGHT
Anyone who has visited the following exposure sites must immediately isolate, get a Covid test and quarantine for 14 days:
Carlton North: Joeys Scouts Carlton, May 26, between 6.00pm-7.30pm
Travancore: Elite Swimming Ascot Vale, May 25, between 5.15pm-6.00pm
Docklands: Costco Wholesale Docklands, May 31, between 3.30pm-4.20pm
Docklands: Coles Spencer Street Outlet, May 30, between 12.00pm-1.00pm
Anglesea: Anglesea Golf Club – Bistro, Mau 25, between 6.00pm-7.30pm
Anyone who has visited the following exposure sites during times listed should urgently get a test and isolate until they receive a negative result:
Brunswick: Faculty of Music, May 27, between 4.00pm-5.30pm
West Melbourne: Flagstaff Gardens, May 28, between 2.30pm-4.00pm
Epping: Coles Epping Aurora Village, May 25, between 9.05pm-10.00pm
Anglesea: Anglesea Transfer Station, May 25, between 9.20am-9.35am
Anglesea: IGA, Shop 5-8, 87-89 Great Ocean Rd
-May 25, between 10.30am-11.15am
-May 27, between 10.15am – 11.00am
Anglesea: Oaks Bakery, May 27, between 10.30am-11.00am
Williamstown: Post Office, May 28, between 3.20pm – 4.10pm
For a full list of exposure sites, click here