Victoria’s new vaccination hubs will open their doors this week as the state prepares to ramp up its vaccination efforts.

Three vaccination hubs at the Royal Exhibition Building, the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and Geelong’s former Ford factory will be open from Wednesday this week.

All Victorians eligible under phase 1a or 1b of the rollout will be able to head to any of the hubs from this week to receive their vaccination.

The news comes as the state resumes its use of the controversial AstraZeneca vaccine after the Federal Government hit the brakes on its rollout to under-50s almost two weeks ago.

Health authorities say that the risks of the AstraZeneca vaccine are now being communicated to the public, with people able to make an informed decision on whether or not they choose to request the jab.

The Victorian government has so far vaccinated over 162,000 people, while GPs have vaccinated over 150,000 people through the Commonwealth program.

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