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Vaccinated get to take part in Victorian economy: Andrews

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Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews says a separate economy for the vaccinated is on the way as the locked-down state eyes a slight easing of restrictions.

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As the state reached 60 per cent first dose coverage on Sunday, the premier emphasised the jab would not only afford Victorians greater protection against COVID-19 but also extra freedoms.

“There’s going to be a vaccinated economy, and you get to participate in that if you are vaccinated,” Andrews told reporters.

The premier last week flagged a vaccine passport pilot program would soon be trialled in venues such as pubs and restaurants in regional Victoria, which could be partly released from lockdown as early as this week.

The Moonee Valley Racing Club is also pushing to host thousands of fully vaccinated spectators as part of a “no jab, no entry” policy for next month’s Cox Plate.

“I am certain that there will be a whole range of events once we get to 70 and 80 per cent double dose thresholds … that will be open for vaccinated people only,” Andrews said.

With only one of the 89 Victorian COVID patients in hospital fully vaccinated, Andrews described the current outbreak as a “pandemic of the unvaccinated”.

It is also impacting a younger demographic than last year’s second wave, with 91 per cent of the 183 new cases reported on Sunday under the age of 50.

Multiple primary schools and Frankston Hospital emergency department were on Sunday added as tier one exposure sites, as the list grew beyond 1000.

A weekend record 29,915 doses were administered at Victorian-run hubs on Saturday, taking the state closer to its goal of one million jabs in five weeks.

Once Victoria reaches 70 per cent first dose coverage, it will trigger minor rule easing including the expansion of the 5km travel radius to 10km and more exercise time.

The state was initially forecast to hit the mark on September 23, but is five days ahead of schedule.

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