Update 11am: Premier Daniel Andrews has highlighted the difference between the National Cabinet decision about the AstraZeneca changes and the state vaccination program.
"(The Commonwealth vaccination program) is about expanding the number of people to under 60 and under 40 who can go and get AstraZeneca from their GP and soon from their pharmacist," he said.
"The state program, of the mass vaccination sites, are not offering AstraZeneca at this time for people that young.
"We may, and if and when we get to that we'll be sure to tell people that."
Bendigo's Mollison Street Mass Vaccination Centre works within the ATAGI and state government vaccination guidelines.
The centre is currently administering AstraZeneca vaccines to all people aged 18 years and over who are eligible for COVID-19 vaccination can provide informed consent to receive the vaccine following consideration of their own personal risk and/or benefit.
For those interested in receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine, Mr Andrews encouraged them to talk to their health professionals.
"If you are in the cohort (age group) that has been announced by the Commonwealth Government that's part of the expansion, don't take medical advice from Members of Parliament and pollies, take your advice from your GP," he said.
"This is not being run in our system, it will be available soon for under 60s and it will be available through GPs and ultimately through the community pharmacy network.
"Everyone's individual circumstances are different. Many people come to this question of 'Should I? Shouldn't I? When? And what vaccine?' and they might have pre-existing health conditions.
"Talk to your doctor, talk to your pharmacist."
The Premier reiterated the safety of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
"AstraZeneca is safe but it's really important to talk about your individual circumstances," he said.
"If you've had your first AstraZeneca jab and you didn't have a clotting problem or a negative reaction in that sense, then you are safe and you should go and get your second jab."
Earlier: Victoria has recorded a doughnut day with no new COVID-19 cases in the community or hotel quarantine in the 24 hours to midnight.
It is the first time since May 21 there have been no new coronavirus cases recorded in Victoria.
The doughnut day leaves 31 active cases in the state as the government grapples with a "delicate" coronavirus situation.
The state's current restrictions will remain at current levels for the time being as outbreaks escalate in multiple parts of Australia.
Alice Springs went into a three-day lockdown early Wednesday morning, helping bring the total number of Australians under the strict social distancing restrictions to 12 million.
States and territories with lockdowns also include Queensland, Western Australia and New South Wales
Health minister Martin Foley said there were no plans to heighten restrictions during a press conference on Wednesday but hopes of lowering them were now on hold.
Victorian health authorities processed 29,149 COVID-19 tests on Wednesday, the Department of Health said in a tweet on Thursday morning.
Another 19,219 people were vaccinated.
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