Victoria COVID-19 cases grow by 1,362, seven deaths; State scraps travel permit system

The Royal Exhibition Building, first deployed for the vaccination effort in March, will close in mid-December along with the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Only 4,815 vaccinations were administered at the state centers on Thursday.

Earlier this year, the city site administered between 2,500 and 3,000 vaccinations per day. By late Thursday afternoon, about 40 people had passed through the hub, according to Kerryn Lajoie, the site’s assistant nurse.

Fifteen locations will remain open, including those of the Sunshine and Heidelberg Repatriation hospitals and in the regional cities of Bendigo, Wodonga, Wangaratta and Shepparton.

Ahead of a push by the federal government for inclusion of a third booster injection for COVID-19, infectious disease doctor Professor Peter Collignon said it was “equally important” that Australians don’t get their third injection too early as it will limit the efficacy of the third dose. .

“People like me who were vaccinated because I worked in a hospital last March or April will need it in the coming months, it seems, but most people who were vaccinated in August, September can probably wait until March,” he said. told 3AW Breakfast.

“If we look at the hepatitis B analogy, that delay in getting the kind six months after your second dose, that probably gives you a longer-lasting immunity than [getting the jab] even a month or so later.

“We will be in a good position to give boosters to those who need it…before our next big risk, which is winter.”

73,419 COVID-19 tests were completed on Thursday.

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