Community Update – 24 August 2021

Published: Tuesday 24 Aug 2021

The Premier announced some changes on Saturday 21 August. All metropolitan Melbourne restrictions – except for the curfew – apply across regional Victoria. Childcare is closed except to vulnerable children and children of Authorised Workers, and masks are recommended for primary-school aged children.

Get vaccinated – thousands of appointments available

  • Everyone aged 16 and over is eligible for vaccination. 
  • Everyone aged 16-59 is eligible for Pfizer vaccines at state-run vaccine hubs. 
  • Children aged 12-15 with chronic health conditions and /or disability are also eligible for Pfizer vaccines. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children aged 12 and above are eligible for Pfizer vaccines. Talk to your child’s doctor. 
  • Everyone aged 60 and over who is not part of a priority cohort is eligible for the Astra-Zeneca vaccine. 

Many high priority groups are eligible for the Pfizer vaccine, whatever their age. This includes disability workers, aged care workers and transport workers.

Do not come to your vaccination appointment if feeling unwell.

Vaccination is free
You do not need a Medicare card. Vaccines are free for everyone. You do not need to be a permanent resident or Australian citizen.

Here’s a reminder from Victoria’s Arts community about more reasons to get vaccinated.

Changes to education and childcare

Early learning centres, childcare, family day care stay are now closed but open to vulnerable children, and the children of authorised workers if they cannot be supervised at home. This includes Council’s early learning services at the Vermont South, Lucknow Street and Blackburn Children’s Services Centres.  

Support for businesses

A new round of support from the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments will flow to small and medium businesses most affected by this extended lockdown. For more information visit our Wbiz website.

Council services  

Aqualink, Sportlink, arts facilities, Youth Connexions and libraries remain closed. We will continue to provide essential services to the Whitehorse community, such as Meals on Wheels, waste collection, Maternal Child Health Services and childhood immunisation.

Our Customer Service centres will be closed to visitors. They will continue to serve our community, but this will be online, via Council’s website, phone on 9262 6333 or email at and not in person. 

Many of our staff are working from home to continue providing a wide range of Council services. You can still reach us through our website or on 9262 6333. 

Play our part – check exposure sites, get tested

Stay 1.5m apart when possible. If we have visited an exposure site or have even mild symptoms, we should get tested, and stay at home while waiting for the results. Get vaccinated. Comply with QR check-in requirements.

Check the latest restrictions including the five reasons to leave home.

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