The number of coronavirus cases in ACT has jumped up by 17 bringing the total number of infections under this outbreak to 618.
In an effort to up efforts to fight the pandemic ACT announced that bookings for vaccination for 12 to 15-year-olds have been opened.
“There are are about 25,000 young people in this age group in the ACT. So while this is a relatively small cohort, we know that it is particularly important that we continue our vaccination program to ensure that young people in our community can be vaccinated.” ,” Heath Minister Rachel Stephen-Smith told reporters on yesterday.
The territory will change its daily reporting of vaccination rates from Monday to include the percentage of Canberrans aged 12 and over who have been inoculated rather than the 16-plus percentage.
“So you will see those numbers go down a few percentage points,” the minister said.
ACT enjoys one of the highest rates of vaccination in the country with almost 78 per cent single dose and 54 per cent two doses.
The 17 new cases are linked to 11 outstanding infections.
Ms Stephen-Smith said while six of these cases are under investigation, five are known to have been in quarantine during their entire infectious period and 12 spent some of that time in the community.
She says eight people are in hospital, two of them in intensive care and one requiring ventilation.
A number of construction sites were added to virus exposure locations, but the minister said this was not the result of on-site transmission.
Chief Minister Andrew Barr had slammed some residential construction sites last week for breaches of public health orders.
“It was extraordinarily disappointing the other day to see the compliance checks on sites identifying breaches of these COVID safety plans, or not having COVID safety measures appropriately in place.”