A child under 5 dies with COVID and new restrictions in Victoria: The COVID news you need to know today.

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After a sharp rise in COVID case numbers across the country, measures are being introduced in a bid to keep the public safe. To keep you up-to-date on everything that's happening, here's the COVID news you need to know today.

Aussie children's vaccination rollout is underway.
Monday, January 10 marks the first-day Australian children aged five to 11 can access COVID-19 vaccines.

The head of the COVID-19 vaccine task force, Lieutenant General John Frewen, aimed to reassure parents there were more than enough vaccine doses to inoculate all children.

It comes as news circulates that parents and guardians are finding it difficult to secure appointments for their kids.

"There is a lot of people getting vaccines very quickly right across the country so I encourage a little bit of patience and a little bit of persistence and I have no doubt they will get access to vaccines in the week ahead," the Lieutenant General said on Monday.

Royal Australian College of General Practitioners Victorian chair Anita Munoz said supply was coming in "sporadically" with some GPs given 100 doses a week and others 100 per fortnight.

"That is terribly inadequate numbers for general practices to vaccinate kids," she told AAP. "What we really wanted to avoid was repeating any of the mistakes we needed to learn from last year. I am disappointed that these kinds of issues are being repeated."

Royal Australian College of General Practitioners president Karen Price said it was a mixed experience from the perspective of GPs.

"From what I've heard, it's around staffing issues in the logistical supply chain. There has been lots of furloughing of transport staff," Dr Price told the ABC on Monday.

Updates from the Prime Minister's press conference. 
Australia will "push through" the Omicron peak rather than lockdown again, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has confirmed.

"You've got two choices here: you can push through or you can get locked out," The PM said in a press conference on Monday.
"You get through to the other side and it's going to be tough, the whole pandemic has been tough and Australians have shown resilience, patience, and determination. The best possible medical advice is to push through."

In additional news, Scott Morrison said he has urgently sent a change to isolation requirements for workers in critical supply chain industries to the national cabinet for endorsement. 

He said it would mean close contacts in food production, distribution, and processing, as well as emergency services, would be able to go to work if they were asymptomatic and returned a negative rapid antigen test (RAT) result. It would not extend to workers who deal with customers face-to-face.


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