Victoria drops below 1000 cases for the first time since September

Victoria drops below 1000 cases for the first time since September

FOR the first time in over a month, Victoria has recorded less than 1000 cases of coronavirus.

The state recorded 989 new cases along with nine more deaths overnight.

It is the lowest daily case number since September 28 when Victoria recorded 938 cases. Victoria's active cases are now at 19,409.

There were 16,158 vaccinations administered in Victoria on Monday. In total 4,626,463 COVID-19 vaccinations were administered in Victoria.

About 81 per cent of Victorians over the age of 16 are fully vaccinated.

In the last 24 hours, 48,000 test results have been received by Victorians.

The numbers come as booster shots became available for eligible central Victorian residents who have been fully vaccinated for at least six months.

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The booster dose of the Pfizer vaccine will be offered to all eligible adults, regardless of the vaccine type received for their first and second shots, Bendigo Health chairman Bob Cameron said.

"We've started providing booster shots now and people can either walk in to our Mollison Street vaccination hub or book in online," he said.

"They will need to bring proof of their first two COVID-19 vaccinations before they will be able to get the booster.

"We know booster shots are really effective in giving people that extra immunity boost so we're very keen to get people in and jabbed when they're able to do it.

"This is definitely a positive step in the right direction."

Mr Cameron said there wasn't a "huge number" of eligible in Bendigo at the moment, but he expected that number to increase over the next few months.

"We think there are about 1500 eligible people in Bendigo at the moment so we have the doses to cover them," he said.

"But we will continue to get enough doses as those numbers increase in the coming months."

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