The Victorian government has set a goal of administering 300,000 vaccines by May 16

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The Victorian government has set a goal of administering 300,000 vaccines by May 16, and so far, it says things are on track.

The state government has even offered to expand its vaccination program and help administer jabs to people the federal government is currently responsible for vaccinating.

So how does Victoria aim to meet this goal, and what else is it offering to do?

What vaccines is Victoria responsible for delivering?

The Commonwealth is responsible for sourcing vaccine doses and distributing them to the states and territories.

Then, the state and federal governments are responsible for different cohorts under different phases of the roll-out.

In Victoria, the state government is responsible for administering vaccines to workers in critical industries like health and emergency services, as well as public-sector aged care.

Hotel quarantine and port workers are also the responsibility of the state government.

Under phase 1B of the rollout, the Victorian government has also been allocated vulnerable groups such as people experiencing homelessness and public housing tenants, Health Minister Martin Foley said.

The Federal government is responsible for providing the vaccine to residents and workers in private-sector aged care and disability care.

Last week, Federal Agriculture Minister David Littleproud criticised the states for being slow to deliver vaccines, and said they “just need to pull their finger out”.

“The fact is they’ve left these on the rack when they could’ve put them into people’s arms,” Mr Littleproud told Nine’s Today show.

But Victoria’s Acting Premier James Merlino said the state had met or exceeded every state vaccination target set by the Commonwealth.

What is Victoria aiming to do?

The Victorian government says the state is on track to deliver a total of 300,000 vaccine doses by May 16.

That total will include family and household members of hotel quarantine workers under phase 1B of the rollout.

The state says it is expanding its vaccine hubs and services in order to meet that goal.

Two new high-volume sites will be established at the Melbourne Showgrounds and at the Mercure convention centre in Ballarat.

Community vaccination centres are also getting established in Melbourne suburbs like Prahran, Lilydale, Broadmeadows, West Melbourne and Deer Park, the state government said.

Mobile vaccination vans will also partner with local health organisations and workplaces across the state.

Are there any issues?

The Victorian government says meeting the 300,000 target depends on getting its allocated supply from the Commonwealth.

Health Minister Martin Foley said vaccines were delivered to the state on a “relatively ad-hoc” weekly basis.

A pair of gloved hands uses a syringe to measure a vaccine.

A pair of gloved hands uses a syringe to measure a vaccine.The Victorian government says it acknowledges there have been challenges securing vaccine supply.(

This week Victoria is yet to receive nearly 40,000 doses of the vaccine it was allocated for week seven of the rollout.

But Mr Merlino said the challenges involved in running “the biggest medical logistical exercise in the history of our nation” meant some hiccups were to be expected.

“We acknowledge that there’s been challenges in supply and distribution, and challenges at a global scale,” he said.

He said Victoria was not playing the “blame game”, and that the Commonwealth had assured the state the 40,000 doses were coming.

How is Victoria tracking so far?

More than 120,000 vaccine doses have been administered at state-commissioned hubs in Victoria.

More than three-quarters of health workers have been vaccinated under phase 1A of the rollout, the Victorian government said.

Nearly all hotel quarantine and port of entry workers have also received their first vaccine dose; “far greater than 95 per cent”, according to infectious diseases professor Ben Cowie, who is leading the state’s rollout.

In a fortnight, every public nursing home will have been visited to deliver the first jab to residents.

How many vaccines has the Commonwealth administered in Victoria?

We can’t answer that question, as the Federal government has not publicly released state-by-state figures on how many vaccines it has delivered.

Apparently the Victorian government doesn’t know either.

“I am very curious to know that, and I ask on a regular basis,” Mr Foley said when asked today.

Mr Foley said the Victorian government welcomed the Commonwealth’s promises to be more transparent about the national vaccine roll-out.

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt today said across Australia, 75,811 vaccine doses were administered yesterday, bringing the overall total in Australia to 996,145 doses.

That total included more than 361,000 through primary care and 125,260 through aged care, he said.

What else could Victoria do?

Mr Merlino said Victoria was keen to broaden its vaccination program if the Commonwealth needed it to do more.

As an example, he said the state could help vaccinate people in the 70-79 or 80+ age cohorts under phase 1B of the rollout.

But he said any changes to state responsibilities needed to be agreed to at a national level.

“If the Commonwealth wants states and territories to do more, that needs to be taken to National Cabinet tomorrow [Friday],” he said.

“We are ready, willing and able to do more, but that’s a Commonwealth decision and it should be nationally consistent.”

New South Wales has also flagged that it is willing to expand its vaccination program.

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