The health and safety of Tasmanians remains our number one priority as we continue to make the transition to living with COVID-19 in our community.
Tasmania has recorded 683 new cases, but importantly an additional 690 people have now recovered and have been released from isolation in the last 24 hours. This brings the total number of people released from isolation to around 23,450. We currently have 4,935 active cases in Tasmania.
There are 17 people who have COVID-19 in hospital, seven who are being treated primarily for COVID symptoms, and there is one individual in the ICU.
Vaccination continues to be our strongest defence and 37.42 per cent of eligible Tasmanians over the age of 18 have now received their booster dose with an additional 68,500 becoming eligible on February 1. Tasmania is once again leading the nation in vaccinating our 5-11 year olds ahead of the school year with 45.12 per cent now having received their first dose.
To further boost our rates I encourage parents to book their child in to get vaccinated over the coming week and we have two COVID clinics accepting walk ins this weekend at the Ulverstone (Sat and Sun) and Clarence (Sun) COVID vaccination centres.
Anyone wanting to access a RAT through the delivery service or at a collection centre can register online on the coronavirus.tas.gov.au website.
It is important we make this transition, so that we can return to a more normal way of life, with COVID to be treated as we would other common influenzas and respiratory illnesses.
We will continue to keep Tasmanians informed at every step as the pandemic continues to evolve.