Victoria has not recorded any new cases of locally acquired COVID-19 as authorities prepare for the start of vaccine deployment in the state.
No locally or internationally acquired COVID-19 cases were diagnosed in Victoria on Saturday, with more than 10,300 tests carried out, it was reported on Sunday.
Twenty-five active cases remain in the state.
It was the second day in a row without a case of the local virus in Victoria after three people from the same family tested positive for COVID on Thursday.
Ahead of the vaccination rollout on Monday in Victoria and across Australia, 20 protesters were arrested in Melbourne on Saturday after rallying to oppose compulsory vaccination.
Fifteen of those arrested were fined and five others were charged with offenses including resisting arrest.
Demonstrations also took place in Sydney, Cairns, Coffs Harbor and Albany.
Before the protesters began rallies, Victoria’s Health Minister Martin Foley told reporters that while a Holiday Inn cluster at Melbourne Airport was “far from over,” the figures indicated it was “more and more under control”.
Twenty-two cases have been traced to a family of three staying on the third floor of the Holiday Inn who caught the UK strain of the virus.
Authorities believe the outbreak began when one of the family members used a medical nebulizer device that spread the virus through the air.
Austin Health, Monash Health and Western Health hospitals will distribute the first doses of the Pfizer vaccine in Victoria.
Mr Foley said workers most likely to come into direct contact with people positive for COVID will be the first to line up for the coup starting Monday.
This includes hotel quarantine officers, airport and port workers, high-risk frontline health workers, and elderly care workers and residents.
The federal government has allocated 12,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine to Victoria in the first week of the vaccination program.
“People will see over time that the vaccine works, that it protects individuals, that we don’t see any quality or safety issues and there will be growing confidence,” Chief Medical Officer of Health Brett Sutton told the journalists.
Six other hospitals will also become vaccination centers as new vaccines become available. These are Albury-Wodonga Health, Ballarat Health, Barwon Health, Bendigo Health, Goulburn Valley Health, and Latrobe Health.
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