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Victoria will open two new mass vaccination hubs at the Melbourne Showgrounds and the Mercure convention centre in Ballarat, as part of their plan to complete 300,000 vaccinations before 16 May.
States are only responsible for a tiny portion of the Australia vaccination roll-out, vaccinating state government essential frontline workers during phases 1A and 1B, but NSW has already offered to take on extra responsibility once their job is done.
These sites join five existing high-volume centres across the state plus dozens more hospital vaccination hubs, sub-hubs, and outreach delivery services currently in operation or preparing to come online.
Victorians living in public housing and included in Phase 1a and 1b will also be able to receive coronavirus vaccinations close to home through dedicated community health centres and mobile ‘pop up’ clinics.
Australian Uighurs are calling for the Chinese ambassador to meet them to help make contact with loved ones missing in Xinjiang, reports AAP’s Marion Rae.
Several Uighur associations issued the joint request after China’s ambassador to Australia called local journalists to his residency in Canberra.
We are asking Mr Cheng to sit down with us to hear our stories and answer our questions.