MORE central Victorians under 50 will have access to the Pfizer vaccine from Monday.
The state government believes hundreds of thousands of Victorians under 50 should soon have access to the vaccine after it received a delivery of Pfizer vaccine from the federal government.
From Monday, those under 50 can receive the vaccine if they are in a priority group, such as: critical and high-risk workers such as emergency services workers, Australian Defence Force personnel and licensed meat and seafood processing workers; adults with specified underlying health conditions, or severe mental health conditions; disability services workers and carers of people with a disability, both paid and unpaid; and paid and unpaid carers of people who are over 70, or who have specified underlying medical conditions.
Public-facing transport workers, including public transport, taxi and rideshare drivers, will have access from May 24.
Previously people under 50 such as healthcare and aged care workers, and hotel quarantine and border workers were eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine.
General practices will also start administering AstraZeneca to all people aged 50 and over from Monday.
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Health Minister Martin Foley encouraged people to book in to receive a vaccine.
"We've made it as simple as possible to access the Commonwealth's vaccination program in Victoria," he said.
"Hundreds of thousands of critical workers, transport workers and others now have a clear pathway to access the vaccine recommended for their age - protecting them, their family, and the people they work with."
The state government is working with the federal government to provide more options for the administration of vaccines to people living with a disability.
The federal government retains responsibility for in-reach services within residential disability care homes.
"We need to get the disability workforce vaccinated as soon as possible," Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan said.
"Our priority is always protecting our most vulnerable."
A state government spokesperson said people under 50 who were eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine must book by calling 1800 675 398.
Open-access vaccination centres continue to offer AstraZeneca to all Victorians aged over 50, including through walk-in appointments where available.
People can view the full list of specified underlying health conditions under the Commonwealth's eligibility criteria here.
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