Royal Melbourne Hospital nursing unit manager Michelle Spence said the hospital had treated 90 COVID-19 patients in intensive care since the end of July.
“I want to let you no he that not one of those 90 were fully vaccinated, not one,” she said.
“We are working hard to have beds available, but we cannot do this alone. COVID does not discriminate.”
A teary Ms Spence said last week she watched a 30-year-old with no medical history being put on a ventilator.
“He didn’t get vaccinated and now is on life support at Royal Melbourne.:
“It is not old people, not people with co-morbidities, not anything like that. It absolutely does not discriminate and I’ve seen it with my own eyes. One of the saddest things I’ve seen over the last few weeks is people wanting the vaccination just before we put them on a life support machine. That is the absolute truth.”
Ms Spence said she had seen a “fit, 70kg tradie in his 30s” incredibly unwell with the virus.
“The only thing I can tell you is that he wasn’t vaccinated. He could have got the vaccine.”
Northern Hospital nurse unit manager Jacqui Harper said COVID-19 patients she was seeing were “seriously, seriously ill”.
“The clinical deterioration is so sudden. One minute sitting in a chair, an hour later they could be saying their goodbyes. They find it difficult to breathe, some needing high levels of oxygen, ventilators and ICU support.”
“It is difficult for our patients unable to see their loved ones. We have to hold the iPads for them.”
“Many nurses don’t know that this is what they want to do anymore.”
“Everyone just get vaccinated.”
Yesterday, the state recorded 1488 new local COVID-19 cases and a further two deaths.
Victorian Treasurer Tim Pallas announced a new $196.6 million package for the state’s construction businesses “most affected by the building sector lockdown”.
Mr Pallas said cash grants will be available for “thousands of operators who have been playing a key role in the fight against the Delta Variant”.
“It will provide one-off payment to eligible businesses, including sole traders, to covers periods of restrictions from September 21 through to October 4,” he added.