Victoria COVID LIVE updates: Vaccine system under pressure, focus on exposure venues to contain spread

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The Age front page

Here’s the front page today’s print edition of The Age. I had to be in the office for a while yesterday and the entire print production crew were not.

They put this together while scattered around Melbourne which is no mean feat given putting out a newspaper is a difficult enough task at the best of times.

The Age front page 29 May 2021Credit:

Victoria’s vaccine record

Just a bit more detail for you on the news that Victoria enjoyed a record day for vaccine doses administered in a single day on Thursday.

Health department data shows there were 41,389 doses administered on Thursday, breaking the previous record by more than 10,000. After a recent change in the release of those numbers we can now bring you this daily data much faster.

NSW and Queensland also notched up record single-day dose numbers yesterday.

You can explore all the figures in our vaccine tracker here.

Microsoft’s online vaccine booking system not ready

Here’s a bit more from Chip Le Grand and Melissa Cunningham’s story on the vaccine rollout and the issues with a tech system from Microsoft that was supposed to make this all a bit easier.

The problems with the system come despite tech giant Microsoft announcing in February that the Victorian government would be able to rely on its Vaccination Registration and Administration Solution platform, a system being used by several US states, to inoculate more than 6 million people and “optimise citizen experience”.

Although Microsoft Australia’s chief executive, Steven Worrall, promised in February that its technology needed only to be “fine-tuned” to adapt to the Victorian rollout, the platform was not ready to go when acting Premier James Merlino, armed with an additional supply of Pfizer vaccine from the Commonwealth, invited everyone over 40 to get a jab.

Senior government sources conceded that bedding down the platform had not been given priority owing to the shortage of vaccines and tepid demand before this week’s outbreak in Melbourne’s northern suburbs, which forced the state into its fourth lockdown.

Read the full story here

Catching you up

So here’s some of the latest headlines

  • Authorities released a new list of 20 Tier One exposure sites late on Friday that were of particular concern;
  • An online booking system announced in February and provided by Microsoft is still not operating as Victorians trying to get a shot complain of phone lines melting down;
  • Despite the problems with the booking system, Victoria broke its record for the most vaccine doses administered in a single day on Thursday. Health Department data shows there were 41,389 doses administered; and
  • Experts insist that poor ventilation in a South Australian quarantine hotel was likely to blame for the infection of a Victorian man who returned to Melbourne earlier this month with the virus and seeded this latest outbreak.

Good morning

Good morning and welcome to our live coverage of the coronavirus crisis in Victoria.

I’m The Age digital editor Mathew Dunckley and I’ll be with you through the first part of today.

We have again made our live coverage of COVID-19 developments free to all readers in recognition of the public health benefits of providing fast and accurate information to the community.

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