Victoria’s COVID-19 cases have surged to 2,232 on the last day of Melbourne’s gruelling lockdown as the state reached its 70 per cent vaccine milestone this morning.
Another 12 people died with the virus yesterday.
There were 37,824 vaccine doses administered, with 70.51 per cent of Victorians over the age of 16 now being fully vaccinated.
Despite the spike in infections, Melburnians are gearing up to embrace new freedoms at 11.59pm after enduring the longest lockdowns in the world.
Premier Daniel Andrews thanked Victorians for coming forward to get vaccinated this morning.
“We’ve officially hit 70 per cent fully vaccinated,” he said on Twitter.
“Because of everything Victorians have done, tomorrow we can start getting back to the things we love.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison also congratulated Victoria on Twitter, along with Tasmania, which has also reached its vaccination target.
“Well done Vic and Tas – both states have today hit the 70 per cent fully vaccinated target,” he said.
COVID-19 Response Commander Jeroen Weimar yesterday said Victoria’s vaccine target was on track to be met today.
“We will see very high-level vaccinations across Victoria over the weeks ahead,” he said.
“My sense at the moment in October, through the work of our many vaccination partners, we are on track to doing 10 million doses during the month of October.”