COVID-19 VACCINATIONS

MR FREGON (Mount Waverley) (13:44): And yes, happy birthday.

I rise to recognise the hard work being done by our healthcare workers to vaccinate Victorians at centres and hubs across our state. The COVID-19 vaccination program began in Victoria on 22 February. Since then we have seen almost 651 000 total doses administered, and we are currently delivering more than 140 000 doses a week to the Victorian community.

Now, I was proud to join thousands of other Victorians to do my little bit to help protect our community, and last Monday I got myself jabbed with the AstraZeneca vaccine at the Ringwood East community clinic. So a shout-out to the member for Ringwood over there—they did a great job. More than half of all Victorians are now eligible to receive either Pfizer or AstraZeneca, and I implore you all to check with your GP and go and get jabbed.

With more than 10 000 doses delivered to Victoria’s aged-care and disability workforce through our dedicated vaccine lanes since the blitz began on 2 June, it is clear that providing priority access for vaccinations means our frontline health workforce are getting vaccinated faster. We extended the aged-care and disability workforce blitz to allow even more Victorians working in high-risk settings, particularly those in private aged care—federally run private aged care—to get vaccinated with ease. Outbreaks across Australia have shown how fast coronavirus can spread to these sensitive settings, which is why priority access will also be given to our Ambulance Victoria staff—God bless them—from Wednesday, 9 June until Sunday, 13 June. I want to thank each and every Victorian for getting the jab.