A NEW $21 million package to get more people vaccinated has been unveiled by the state government.
Premier Daniel Andrews said it was designed to reach people such as those living with a disability, youth who are at risk, seniors, culturally diverse and multi-faith different communities, social housing residents and victims and survivors of family violence.
"This funding will help to book appointments, promote existing transport operations or arrange alternatives when needed or to offer respite or occasional childcare in suburbs with low vaccine uptake," he said.
"As you have seen, we have taken this program right into local communities with pop-ups and micro pop-ups which are literally neighbourhood vaccination activity, the end of your street vaccination activity.
"That is one of the reasons why some local government areas of significant concern to us only a few weeks ago have gone from 50 per cent single dose to over 90 per cent single dose in just a matter of weeks."
The funding will include $13 million to support children, older people, carers, families and clients with complex needs - including young people in the child protection system and social housing residents, as well as Victorians living in other accommodation settings such as Supported Residential Services.
Agencies will receive funding to help book appointments, promote existing transport options or arrange alternatives, or offer respite or occasional childcare in suburbs with low vaccine uptake.
A further $1.2 million will deliver community-led and culturally specific vaccine support by culturally and linguistically diverse groups. This support could include, for example, transport, information or childcare.
On top of that, $2.5 million will go towards trusted volunteer-based organisations such as neighbourhood houses, men's sheds and multicultural community organisations, to encourage and support people to get vaccinated.
The package also includes funding to drive vaccinations through women's health services, and work with young people from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds to support vaccine take up, and LGBTIQ+ communities.
Mr Andrews confirmed 11 people lost their lives to COVID-19 in the past 24 hours.
- Two women and two men in their 70s
- Four men in their 80s
- Two men in their 90s
- One woman in her 100s
Mr Andrews said there were 784 people who are currently in hospital with COVID-19, 149 of those are in intensive care and 100 are on a ventilator.
Of the cases in hospital yesterday, 88 per cent were not fully vaccinated, and of the cases in intensive care yesterday, 96 per cent of those were not fully vaccinated.
"They are statistics but they really are stories of individuals who are very, very unwell and one thing that they all have in common is that they have not been protected by two doses of any of the three vaccines that are available as never before to Victorians right across the state," Daniel Andrews said.
VICTORIA has recorded another 1,749 new coronavirus cases overnight from 68,000 tests.
Sadly, 11 people with COVID-19 have died.
Another 36,751 vaccinations were also administered on Monday.
Victoria's active coronavirus case tally now sits at 22,476.
Bendigo recorded an extra 14 cases of COVID-19 on Monday.
A further three cases were also recorded in the Macedon Ranges Shire area.
The closed schools include the following:
- Eaglehawk Primary School
- St Peter's Primary School
- St Therese's Primary School
- Catherine McAuley College
- Kangaroo Flat Primary School
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