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Victoria calls for more vaccines as demand outstrips supply

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Victorian Health Minister Martin Foley has called on the federal government to send more coronavirus vaccines to the state.

Victorian Health Minister Martin Foley has called on the federal government to send more coronavirus vaccines to the state.

It comes after a record 35,753 doses were administered at the state-run vaccine hubs.

"What we really need is the supply to meet demand now," Mr Foley said.

A doctor prepares a dose of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at Manuel Bonilla Stadium in Lima, Peru.

"We will continue to ask the Commonwealth for more supply because we know that, with every dose of Pfizer, with every dose of AstraZeneca, that we will end up with more Victorians doing their part sooner to get us out of this pandemic."

Sixty percent of cases in Victoria are under the age of 30, and there are 149 cases in children younger than 10.

More than half of the Victorians in hospital with coronavirus are under the age of 50, including one infant.

Victoria has recorded 64 new local COVID-19 cases for the past 24 hours.

There were 55,333 tests carried out and 35,753 vaccines administered.

Victorian health officials last night identified further COVID-19 exposure sites in regional towns, taking the total number of venues listed to more than 850.

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A Tier 1 exposure site was listed at Barakat International Goods in Hoppers Crossing, with anyone who visited the store between August 16 and August 23 from 10am to 8pm urged to get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days.

Tier 2 exposure sites were listed overnight in Broadmeadows, Croydon, Croydon North, Footscray, Laverton North, Lilydale, Mooroolbark, North Melbourne and Wheelers Hill, with those who may have attended those venues asked to get tested and isolate until they receive a negative result.

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Meanwhile, there are reports Victoria is in talks with the Federal Government to secure extra vaccine supplies.

The state government wants to vaccinate up to 120,000 more Victorians every week, The Age reports.

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/coronavirus-victoria-update-64-new-covid-cases-exposure-sites-grow/0f94e1e2-113a-4ec3-8aaa-c041fd8e00df

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