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MS Vax Booking System Still Not Operational In Victoria

Amid the latest Victorian COVID-19 outbreak, the state’s online vaccination booking platform is still not operational after the state government bought the system from Microsoft in mid-January for nearly $6 million.

At the time of the purchase the Government said that it only needed “fine-tuning” before it could be launched.

But amid another outbreak in the state and a fourth lockdown, Victorians can still only make bookings to receive the COVID-19 jab via a 1800 phone hotline, which has struggled under increased demand.

The state government has said the vaccine booking platform will be properly up and running in the coming weeks, and that it wasn’t made a priority previously due to low levels of vaccines on offer and low demand prior to the recent outbreak in Melbourne.

When up and running the platform is said to facilitate registration, scheduling of appointments, automatic replenishment of supplies and the tracking and tracing of prescriptions and deliveries of Covid-19 vaccinations, using data and artificial intelligence solutions.

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