The Prime Minister will today be among the first Australians to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
It comes a day before the broader vaccination program was scheduled to start.
Health Minister Greg Hunt made the announcement on Sunday morning while appearing on ABC television program Insiders.
He said the first Australians to be vaccinated - a small group - would include several aged care staff and residents and leaders in the nation's COVID-19 response.
NO new COVID-19 cases have been added to Victoria's tally for a second day, following more than 10,000 tests.
There are 25 known active cases of the virus in the state.
No new cases have been internationally-acquired or acquired from interstate.
It marks Victoria's second consecutive day without known new cases of community transmission of the virus.
Three new cases were added to the state's tally on Friday, all linked to an outbreak at the Holiday Inn Melbourne Airport.
Twenty-two COVID-19 cases are linked to the Holiday Inn.
Anyone who had visited the Coles Express service station in Bentleigh East, on the corner of East Boundary Road and Ardena Court, from 1pm - 1.40pm on February 18 was urged to monitor for symptoms after the venue was identified as a tier three exposure site.
Anyone who developed symptoms was urged to get tested immediately and isolate pending a negative result.
COVID-19 viral fragments were also detected in wastewater from Carrum Downs, Langwarrin, Skye, Wantirna South, Boronia, St Kilda East and Caulfield North, prompting a call for residents and visitors between to get tested for even the mildest of symptoms.
People who have been in the following suburbs between the following dates are especially encouraged to get tested if they have symptoms:
- Carrum Downs, Langwarrin and parts of Skye from February 13 to 17;
- Wantirna South, Boronia, and parts of Bayswater, Ferntree Gully, Knoxfield and Tremont from February 13 to 15;
- St Kilda East, Caulfield North, and parts of Balaclava, Caulfield and Elsternwick from February 13 to 16.
COVID-19 vaccinations are due to start rolling out to at-risk Victorians from Monday.
Health staff on the front line of the COVID-19 response and workers and residents in aged care will be among the first to get the jab as part of the rollout.
The state's vaccination roll out will start at hubs at Austin Health, Barwon Health, Western Health and Monash Health.
Monash Health and Austin Health will work together on the initial roll out to high-risk workers.
The federal government is managing vaccinations for those working and living in private aged care and the disability sector.
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