19 deaths, 827 cases of COVID-19

Victoria’s Chief Health Officer has issued a warning to those who have not yet seized 17 of the state’s 19 new COVID-19 unvaccinated deaths.

Professor Brett Sutton said the majority of deaths would have been “completely preventable” if they had been vaccinated.

“The 19 lives lost are a true tragedy,” he wrote on Twitter.

“There are legitimate reasons why a few individuals cannot be vaccinated, but 17 out of 19 had no vaccines registered. Completely preventable.”

Professor Sutton urged unvaccinated Victorians to reconsider their vaccination status, with today’s high death rate a stark reminder of the deadly nature of the virus.

“To all those who have not yet been vaccinated, please consider what this may mean for you or people at risk anywhere,” he said.

“If you’re completely surprised, congratulations.

“And get your booster as soon as you are eligible – it provides significantly greater protection against infection and serious illness.”

Coronavirus cases today dropped to 827 as the state is heading toward its 90 percent vaccination milestone.

Currently, 89 percent of Victorians are fully vaccinated.

There are 303 Victorians in the hospital with COVID-19, including 44 people in the intensive care unit.

“It is encouraging that the number of intensive care units has dropped to below 100 and we are moving on to the 90 percent double dose for 12-plus,” Professor Sutton wrote.

Prime Minister Daniel Andrews urged all Victorians to get the plug in light of the 19 new deaths from the virus.

“Vaccination works, it’s safe, it’s free. It will mean less trauma, pain and anxiety,” he said.

The prime minister said it was too early to say whether the state would impose COVID-19 vaccinations on children under 12.

Prime Minister Daniel Andrews has called on all Victorians to be vaccinated as the state registers 19 new virus deaths. (Nine)

“We can not afford public health, so I can not say one way or the other,” he said.

“But we do not even know when the pediatric vaccine will come.”

The Therapeutic Goods Administration has not yet made a call for COVID-19 vaccines for younger children.

Due to rising vaccination rates nationally, Victorians will be able to into southern Australia today for the first time in several months.

All travelers must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to enter the state.

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