Victoria has recorded a fourth consecutive day with no new cases of COVID-19, paving the way for restrictions to be further eased later in the week, Australian Associated Press reports.
Premier Daniel Andrews confirmed there were no new local or overseas acquired cases recorded on Tuesday, following 17,270 tests.
Fears the virus would spread into the community led to a five-day "circuit-breaker" lockdown, which ended last Thursday.
Some restrictions, including mask-wearing and strict gathering limits, remain until Friday when the last close contacts end 14 days of isolation.
"Whilst we'll leave those announcements until Thursday or Friday, we are well placed, given we continue to see no additional cases and lots and lots of negative test results from that target cohort," Mr Andrews told reporters.
"So again, we thank them, because whilst the rest of us have been getting back to something close to normal, they've been at home isolating for all of us."
Mr Andrews said 580 doses of Pfizer vaccine were administered on Monday, the first day of its rollout in the state.
"That 580 doesn't seem very many but it is a really good start and one that I think all Victorians will be very pleased with," he said.
Frontline workers in healthcare, aged care and hotel quarantine will be among the first to get the jab at dedicated vaccination hubs at three public hospitals.
The federal government has allocated about 12,000 doses to Victoria in the first week of the rollout, with up to 59,000 doses expected in the first four weeks.
Mobile units will be vaccinating aged care residents and people living in disability care.
While Mr Andrews said he looked forward to getting the jab, he was "very focused" on frontline workers and vulnerable Victorians receiving it first.
"They should be getting the jab before I do. But I stress, I will be getting it, Cath will be getting it, the kids will be getting it, my mum will be getting it because it works. It's our way out of this," he said.
"When I do get it, probably from my local pharmacist or my local GP, I'll be sure and send a photo around."
VICTORIA has recorded no new COVID-19 cases in the 24 hours to midnight last night as vaccinations begin in Bendigo.
More that 17,200 people had a test for coronavirus yesterday.
State authorities began the vaccine roll-out on Monday and aged care residents will be among the first in Bendigo to get them.
Bentleys Aged Care Bendigo facility staff are "absolutely over the moon" as their residents prepare for their vaccinations later on Tuesday.
Senior medical adviser for the COVID-19 vaccination program Professor Ben Cowie yesterday assured the public the vaccine is safe and effective.
"When we say these vaccines are safe, we say they have been tested initially in clinical trials, which involve tens of thousands of individuals, and have subsequently been administered to tens of millions of people worldwide," he said.
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