Vic school start as normal, jab for kids

Melissa Meehan |

Victorian children aged five and over are now able to get a COVID-19 jab as the state government pushes back against calls for the start of the school year to be delayed.

Acting Premier Jacinta Allan announced Victoria will double the number of state-run vaccination sites available for children aged 5 to 11, with 36 sites around the state.

Most state clinics will begin vaccinating that age group from Monday, with support offered to kids suffering anxiety about vaccination or with developmental disabilities, autism or sensory needs.

Ms Allan said there were no plans to change the school return date for Victorian students.

“We have no announcements to make around the return to school, other than we are working towards school resuming,” Ms Allan told reporters on Sunday,

“Our focus here in Victoria – is a return to school plan, which vaccination is part of.”

She said the government would be reviewing all settings, including school, work and health, as case numbers grow.

It comes as Queensland announced it would delay the school year by two weeks as cases soared up north.

Victoria, on Sunday was managing 146,863 active cases, with 752 patients in hospital, 108 more than the previous day, 104 in ICU and 23 on ventilators.