Update 11.30am: Victoria will ramp up its vaccination roll-out after the state's mass vaccination centres reported being overwhelmed by young people coming forward to receive the jab.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrew said 12,000 young people were coming forward for their first AstraZeneca jabs after mass vaccination centres, including Bendigo Health's Mollison Street Mass Vaccination Centre, opened up to under 40s at the beginning of the week.
Mr Andrews has announced a radical plan to administer one million vaccines over the next five weeks to get around 60 per cent of the state vaccinated by the end of September.
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"We have overwhelmed those nine sights, there's been 10,000 people from the age group," Mr Andrews said.
"That's why we announce we aim over the next few weeks to get a million jabs into a million arms; Pfizer as well as AstraZeneca.
"That means that AstraZeneca will be available to everybody over 18 at all of our state hubs, all 50 of them.
"This is all about making sure that we get jabs in arms and that we, all of us, play our part in getting to the other side of this."
The Victorian Government will expanding access to the vaccine for people aged 18-39 across all state-run mass vaccination centres, and capacity is being scaled up across the state-run system with more drive-through and mobile clinics.
More than 200,000 doses will be administered each week between August 16 and September 19, with sites operating with extended hours and with an additional 150 vaccination booths coming online.
Mr Andrews hoped as many people as possible would roll-up their sleeves for the vaccine to beat the million-jab target.
"We want to break that target, do better than that one million jabs," he said. "There's every chance we can.
"Proof of that is the fact that yesterday we had our biggest ever day; 27,427 at Victorian state clinics. That is a fantastic outcome.
"It is the most important thing to come forward to get vaccinated, to play your part, to protect not just yourself but the people you love the most and give us the freedom all of us want."
Mr Andrews said the million-jab effort was the aim of the state's mass vaccination centres with GP jabs adding to this goal.
The expansion to the vaccination program will also include three additional Melbourne drive-though centres.
Chief health officer Brett Sutton said of today's 15 locally acquired cases, four were linked to Al-Taqwa College; one is a student, three others are household contacts in different households.
Two were linked to the City of Hobsons Bay outbreak, one to Caroline Springs Square Shopping Centre, one to the City of Melbourne outbreak, two in Glenroy.
Closer to home:
Professor Sutton said there are three unlinked cases of the 15 cases announced today.
"One lives in Wyndham vale and works as a delivery truck driver," he said. "There are a number of exposure sites in Werribee that have been generated.
"Another case lives in Roxborough Park. There is a link to one of the school communities that's being investigated now.
"One case lives in Middle Park that is still under investigation."
For a full list of exposure sites head to coronavirus.vic.gov.au/exposure-sites
Wasterwater fragments of coronavirus have been found in three metro areas as well as Lakes Entrance in Gippsland.
To register your interest in getting vaccinated in Bendigo, head to bendigohealth.org.au/registerforvaccine
Earlier: THERE were 15 new cases of coronavirus recorded overnight from over 40,000 tests.
Of the 15 new locally acquired cases, 11 have been linked to current outbreaks and 4 have sources of infection still under investigation. 8 have been in quarantine throughout their infectious periods.
Another 27,427 people were vaccinated for the virus.
There are now 148 active cases across the state.
It comes as Victorian health authorities become concerned after mystery coronavirus cases emerged among two unconnected families in Melbourne's north.
Of the four unlinked cases reported on Thursday, three were across two separate households in Glenroy, including a child who attends Glenroy West Primary School.
Victoria reported 21 new local cases on Thursday and two from interstate travellers who flew from Sydney to Melbourne while infected with COVID-19.
The women boarded Qantas flight QF471 on Monday afternoon without valid permits and were taken to hotel quarantine, where they tested positive.
Both have been fined $5452 and Mr Weimar said the incident proved the need for Victoria's strict border restrictions.
All 46 people on the flight, which has been listed as a tier-one exposure site, have been contacted and told to quarantine for 14 days.
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