RATES of COVID-19 vaccinations in the south-west are set to rise after Easter as phase 1b of the rollout ramps up.
Over the last few weeks some residents have received their AstraZeneca vaccination through their local GP clinic.
But waiting lists are long, with clinics only receiving up to 100 doses a week.
Hopkins Medical Centre practice manager Lynne Husson said the clinic had received 100 doses of AstraZeneca each week.
"We're keeping up with deliveries and vaccinating our most vulnerable patients first," she said.
"As far as patients from other clinics, they are just going to have to be patient because we have a long list of people waiting.
"We managed to get our weekly dose, but we only get up to 100."
The federal government is set to increase participating general practice clinics across the nation four-fold in the coming week.
Meanwhile, South West Healthcare is awaiting delivery of the vaccine to begin administering doses at its Merri Street community vaccination centre, in the former Sam's Warehouse site.
The rollout in the south-west is being managed by Barwon Health.
A Barwon Health spokeswoman said its public health unit was working with South West Healthcare to deliver second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine next week.
She would not say if it included the AstraZeneca vaccine.
"Barwon Health and South West Healthcare has partnered to vaccinate over 2000 people to-date in the Warrnambool region and approximately 600 in the Portland region," she said.
People eligible under phase 1b includes adults aged 70-plus, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples aged 55-plus, some people with medical conditions, some people with disabilities and healthcare and emergency service workers.
Victoria has recorded no new cases of coronavirus for 34 days in a row.
A total of 7492COVID-19 vaccination doses were administered Thursday at hospital vaccination hubs across Victoria.
It brings the total number of vaccine doses administered in Victoria to 107,522.
As part of the federal government's rollout, Victoria is responsible for providing vaccinations to workers in health, emergency services and other critical industries and public sector aged care residents and staff.
Victoria is having to throw out around three in every 1000 Pfizer vaccine doses that were destined for hotel quarantine workers.
The Department of Health stated as the Pfizer vaccine had a limited time window of use and couldn't be transported after it had been prepared, there was some wastage of the vaccine.
Anyone who has received the first AstraZeneca jab should wait 14 days before getting the flu shot and this must be at least 14 days before or after the second AstraZeneca dose. Anyone who has had the Pfizer vaccine should wait at least 14 days until after their second Pfizer jab before a flu shot.
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