BENDIGO residents are continuing to roll up their sleeves and get vaccinated, with more than 90 per cent of those eligible for a jab having had at least one dose of vaccine.
Federal government data released late Monday shows 89.5 per cent of eligible residents aged 15 and over in the Bendigo statistical region had received at least one jab, with the community now reaching the 90 per cent threshold.
Bendigo Health chairman Bob Cameron said reaching the milestone was a great step forward for the community.
"The next thing that we want to do is to hit 96 per cent first dose and we want to do that in the next month before Victoria opens up," he said.
"Once we open up, there will be a lot of people moving around the state, case numbers will go up and if you're vaccinated then you will be safe from getting a serious disease.
"Let's try and get there and let's get as high as we can."
Mr Cameron said they anticipate the region to reach the 80 per cent fully vaccinated milestone by the end of the month.
"(If we reach that) then we will be in a tremendous position for when we do open up," he said.
"Everybody needs to get vaccinated otherwise they will come into contact with the virus."
Elsewhere, 87.8 per cent of Ballarat residents have had at least one jab and 57.8 per cent are fully vaccinated; in Warrnambool 91.5 per cent of residents have had one vaccination and 62.2 per cent are fully vaccinated, and in Shepparton 90.3 per cent have had one does of vaccine and 55.8 per cent are fully vaccinated.
Meanwhile, new tier 1 venues in regional Victoria have been added to the state's list of COVID-19 exposure sites overnight.
The Hanging Rock Cafe at 139 South Rock Road, Woodend has been identified as a tier 1 site between 10:30am and 1:30pm on October 1.
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Function Fitness Plus in New Gisborne has also been identified as a tier 1 site between 7.30am-9am on both Thursday, September 30 and Friday, October 1.
It comes as several bus services on Christian Bus Lines Bendigo have been listed as tier 2 exposure sites between September 24 and October 2.
Victorian health authorities look likely to end the listing of tier two exposure sites.
Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said the idea was to concentrate resources on tier one sites.
He said authorities were still contacting every positive case and their household and close contacts were being quarantined appropriately.
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