The Victoria Department of Health website crashed as thousands of people rushed online to make a COVID-19 vaccine reservation, with the state seeing another drop in cases.
Victoria recorded 45 infections as the state’s health department website collapsed under pressure from thousands of residents hoping to make a first dose reservation.
The system prevented people from making appointments over the phone, forcing many to call back.
Those trying to make a reservation have reported long load times before the landing page expires.
Many frustrated residents took to social media, with one claiming he waited an hour and a half in the queue and another suggesting computer systems needed to be upgraded.
Victoria recorded 45 locally acquired COVID-19 cases on Wednesday from more than 53,000 tests.
Of the new infections, 36 were linked to known epidemics with nine “mystery” sources of transmission and 17 were isolated throughout their infectious period.
This brings the state’s number of active cases to 538.
Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews had warned residents to be patient with the vaccination website.
“We are employing additional staff and the website will have additional support and bandwidth capacity, but it will be very crowded, so be patient,” he said Tuesday.
Young Victorians will be eligible for the Pfizer vaccine as a number of changes are made to the state’s immunization schedule.
In a “meaningful” announcement, residents in the 16 to 39 age range will be eligible for Pfizer starting Wednesday at 7 a.m. People over 60 can continue to receive AstraZeneca.
Prime Minister Daniel Andrews has confirmed that doses of Pfizer from Poland are expected to arrive in Melbourne with 450,000 first-dose appointments available from Wednesday at 55 state-run centers.
“450,000 of the current 830,000 appointments will open tomorrow, and that’s a really important announcement,” he said at Tuesday’s COVID-19 press conference.
“And I think every time we opened up additional age cohorts, additional age groups, we saw a really big and strong turnout and we hit that 50 and 60 percent threshold very quickly. . “
“The best vaccine you can get is the one you can get today.”
Victoria will provide an update on the latest cases of COVID-19. Join Sky News Australia live from 11am.