He was quizzed on whether the time between the first and second jab could be moved forward from six to three weeks so students could be fully vaccinated before their final tests scheduled for October.
“First doses has always been the goal when it comes to VCE I think,” he said during the COVID-19 press conference on Monday.
“We’ll work through the ATAGI advice that we’re all constrained by as to what is safe and appropriate.”
One dose of the Pfizer vaccine in arms of Year 12 VCE students is the goal of the Victorian government as they wait for ATAGI advice on whether the time between the first and second dose can be shortened. Picture: Getty
Teachers and VCE supervision staff will also be given first preference before exams start on October 4, but the government are yet to finalise the details.
But on Monday morning Mr Foley revealed there were no longer any Pfizer bookings available due to the high demand as the state neared the halfway point of the one million COVID-19 vaccine target under their rollout.
“We are currently sitting at 455,000 doses administered through that program since that campaign commenced. And we have seen a very strong demand of the Pfizer bookings that have been in place across our state sites,” he said.
“Whilst there currently are no Pfizer bookings available right now for first doses in that system, don’t give up, because as more becomes available from the Commonwealth, we put more systems in place.”
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Last week Premier Daniel Andrews suggested “priority lanes” at vaccination hubs for those sitting their final exams.
“We will make those announcements as soon as we can … that approach has worked whether it is with healthcare workers, aged care workers, lots of different priority cohorts have been able to get there vaccine that way, so what works,” Mr Andrews said.
“I wouldn’t necessarily say that every single one of our 55 hubs would have priority lanes for students.
“We will engage with schools as well so that they can be as proactive as possible in groups of young people going and getting vaccinated at a particular place at a particular time.”
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Chief Health Officer Professor Brett Sutton flagged the Delta outbreak was affecting the younger population and pointed to countries such as the UK where daily cases of more than 40,000 were “driven” by unvaccinated children.
Of the 805 active cases in the state 170 are in the ages of 0-9 and 124 between 10 to 19.
Mr Andrews warned the sixth lockdown would likely be extended as there are “too many cases to seriously consider opening up” on Thursday as planned.
Both Mr Foley and Prof Sutton said further details as to how long the stay-at-home health orders will be extended for will be announced in coming days.
Victoria recorded 73 locally acquired infections on Monday and 92 cases on Sunday. 

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