Victoria will hit its 60 per cent double dose target today, health minister Martin Foley has told reporters while revealing changes to help healthcare workers with the coming COVID-19 surge.
"We know that the next few months, as Victoria opens, are going to be incredibly challenging and difficult for our nurses, our midwives, our doctors, our paramedics, in fact all of our healthcare workforce," he said.
The government will spend $2.5 million to recruit up to 1000 healthcare workers living overseas to try to ease pressure on hospital staff.
Regional Victoria has recorded 110 new cases overnight with numbers deemed "pretty stable" overall.
Victoria has recorded 1466 new cases of COVID while NSW recorded 360 new cases.
Eight people with COVID died in Victoria and five in NSW.
No new cases were recorded in hotel quarantine.
766 people are currently in hospital in NSW with COVID and 155 in ICU.
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It follows the state's 'freedom day' which saw NSW ease restrictions after reaching 70 per cent vaccination.
Yesterday three new cases were recorded in the Murrumbidgee Local Health District
Two new cases of COVID-19 were recorded in the Edward River local government area and one woman from outside the region tested positive after being arrested in Tumut.
She was taken to Wagga Base Hospital.
Both Edward River cases were linked to previous cases at the Deniliquin Hospital and have been in isolation during their infectious period.
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