The Bulldogs’ heart will be transformed into a pop-up vaccination center next weekend, offering 2,000 Pfizer bookings. It comes after chief of tests Jeroen Weimar revealed he was concerned about a spike in cases caused by illegal Grand Final celebrations.
Victoria’s chief of tests, Jeroen Weimar, has revealed he is worried about tonight’s big final celebrations causing widespread transmission of the coronavirus.
Meanwhile, a community vaccination center is expected to appear in the heart of the Western Bulldogs next weekend, offering 2,000 Pfizer jabs.
The announcement follows a push by the Sunday Herald Sun to turn the MCG into a one-stop vaccination center to sting tens of thousands of Victorians.
The plan was rejected by the state government as well as by the MCG.
AFLW Western Bulldogs player Isabel Huntington, who announced the initiative at Saturday’s press conference, said reservations were essential and no visits were allowed.
“I know Bevo and the boys would love to play in a crowded MCG against Melbourne tonight and we would all love to attend or watch the game with friends,” Ms Huntington said.
“It’s not possible tonight for the AFLM Grand Final, but when we’re vaccinated enough we’ll play in front of our own supporters and that keeps us all strong in the Bulldogs.
“I would love to play to a full house at the VU Whitten Oval at the start of the AFLW season in January 2022.”
Reservations open online Monday.
It comes after Mr. Weimar warned people against organizing or participating in illegal Grand Finals gatherings.
“I’m extremely worried that a lot of Victorians will say tonight, ‘Well, just for tonight, we’re all going to get together and have a good evening. We will take off our masks and we will scream and we will scream and have a good drink ”.
“And as a result of that, in six or seven days, we have another big cluster of cases.”
Mr Weimar said 55% of today’s cases were family contacts of positive cases, while the remaining 45% were the result of illegal “social interactions between households”.
“It’s all of these day-to-day things that we all desperately want to go back and do,” he said.
“We find that this is still happening at a much too high level. “
However, Health Minister Martin Foley has given some locked regional Victorians a dose of hope, with the Surf Coast set to emerge from lockdown on Sunday at midnight.
He said the situation in Greater Geelong “looks relatively positive”, with only three new cases registered today.
“There are still some surveys and data being analyzed with the local public health unit,” he said.
Mr Foley said the Surf Coast will come out of lockdown “permanently” from Sunday.
Chief health officer Brett Sutton is expected to make an announcement on restrictions in Mitchell and Greater Geelong counties in the next 24 hours.
“Both… must review their current round of public health lockdown measures. “
It comes after Victoria recorded 847 cases of Covid in the past 24 hours.
The peak is the highest number of daily cases in Victoria since the start of the pandemic.
The health minister said the “majority” of today’s 847 cases were the result of transmission in family homes.
“Please don’t visit other people’s homes. The restrictions are there to prevent that, ”he said.
Sadly, an 80-year-old man died from the virus on Friday.
More than 76.3% of Victorians have now received at least one vaccine against Covid, while 46.9% have received a double injection.
The state now hosts 7,611 active cases.
There are now 321 people hospitalized with Covid, including 65 in intensive care and 45 on a ventilator.
A total of 37,220 vaccines were administered and 59,342 test results received on Friday.
URGENT WARNING FOR SEVERAL SUBURBS OF MELBOURNE
Victorians living in areas hardest hit by the coronavirus are urged to get tested after the state recorded its highest number of local cases on Saturday.
The Department of Health has called on anyone living in the following suburbs to come forward and get tested if they have the mildest of coronavirus symptoms:
Altona Meadows, Broadmeadows, Bulla, Coburg, Coburg North, Dallas, Fawkner, Glenroy, Hadfield, Hoppers Crossing, Jacana, Lalor, Laverton, Oak Park, Oaklands Junction, Seabrook, Tarneit, Thomastown, Trugania and Yuroke.
Symptoms include a runny nose, loss of smell or taste, sore throat, cough, shortness of breath, and fever.
FOOTY FANS RUSH TO GET A JAB BEFORE THE GRAND FINAL
The Victorians may not be able to get their jab at the MCG, but football fans have put on their team colors to get their shots during the big final weekend.
Pharmacists, the federal government and the AFL have rallied around the Sunday Herald’s Sun call for the Victorians to get the jab on the big weekend.
The president of the Victorian branch of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia, Anthony Tassone, encouraged the Victorians to wear their football gear and get vaccinated.
“During the Covid restrictions, we fail to do the things we love. Everyone who gets vaccinated is going to help us get back to doing all of those things that we love and miss so much, ”Tassone said.
“So this week we are asking all Victorians to score a goal and get their Covid jab.”
Mr Tassone administered vaccines to a Melbourne fan and a Western Bulldogs supporter dressed in their team colors the day before the grand finale.
AFL general manager Gillon McLachlan said last week that the league supports the campaign to get the Victorians vaccinated.
“We encourage all soccer fans across Victoria to put on their team colors and go out… to their local pharmacist for a shot.”
As of Friday, 75.4% of Victorians had received their first dose and 45.9% were fully immunized.
“For people who are not sure or are reluctant to get the Covid-19 vaccine, go talk to your doctor or pharmacist. We’re here for you, ”Tassone said.
“All three vaccines are safe, effective and we know they work. ”
To book a vaccine at your nearest pharmacy, go to www.findapharmacy.com.au
WA DECLARES THE “EXTREME RISK” ZONE OF VICTORIA
Just days after Western Australia host the AFL Grand Final in Melbourne, the state decided to further tighten border restrictions with Victoria.
Prime Minister Mark McGowan announced on Friday that WA will be upgrading Victoria to the ‘extreme risk’ category for Covid-19 from Wednesday.
In this category, exemptions for approved travelers will be more limited to federal and state officials, Members of Parliament and diplomats.
Travelers who apply to enter the state under extraordinary circumstances will also be restricted. Those authorized to enter will need to prove that they have received at least one dose of the Covid vaccine, if they are eligible, and that they have returned a negative PCR test within the past 72 hours.
Travelers will be required to perform hotel quarantine at a public facility at their own expense, with a mandatory Covid test on days one, five and 13.
Returning West Australians who complete a 14-day quarantine in Victoria will be forced to complete an additional two weeks of self-quarantine in “appropriate premises”.