Victoria has recorded 847 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases and another death from the virus as parts of the state are set to emerge from lockdown.
Restrictions will ease in Victoria's Surf Coast from midnight on Sunday, health minister Martin Foley said, after the region recorded a single virus case.
The situation was looking "relatively positive" in Greater Geelong, Mr Foley said, but the Mitchell Shire - which recorded seven new cases on Saturday - is likely to remain locked down.
Victoria now has 7611 active cases.
Health officials say 37,220 vaccine doses were administered in the 24 hours to Friday evening, with more than 59,000 tests conducted during the same period.
The health minister said 77.1 per cent of Victorians aged 16 and over had received their first vaccine, with 46.9 per cent double-jabbed.
Victoria now has 321 people with COVID-19 in hospital, 65 of them in intensive care and 45 on ventilators.
The latest death from COVID-19 was a man in his 80s from Hume, Mr Foley said.
But he said 79 per cent of the state's virus cases were people aged 50 years old or below.
"This is still largely an outbreak of people under 50 - the young and unvaccinated," Mr Foley told reporters on Saturday.
The state had also registered a 55 per cent increase in COVID-19 hospitalisations over the last seven days, with a 124 per cent increase on two weeks ago.
This, Victoria's COVID-19 Commander Jeroen Weimar said, meant it was crucial Victorians stayed home to watch Saturday night's AFL decider between Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs.
"I'm extremely worried that large numbers of Victorians will say tonight 'we'll all get together and have a night out. And we'll take our masks off and we will scream and shout and have a good drink'," Mr Weimar said.
"As a result of that, six or seven days down the road we have another big cluster of cases."
Melburnians will also have to wait a little longer to hit the golf course or tennis court, with Victoria set to miss its first COVID-19 roadmap target.
The state is 2.9 per cent shy of reaching 80 per cent first-dose vaccination coverage for those aged over 16.
With vaccination rates typically lower over the weekend, Mr Foley concedes the state is likely to hit the 80 per cent mark mid-to-late next week instead of on Sunday as initially forecast.
That will delay Melburnians enjoying additional freedoms, including a resumption of contactless sport for up to five fully vaccinated adults, and expansion of the city's travel limit from 10km to 15km.
Victoria had on Friday recorded 733 new COVID-19 cases, including a man who attended Wednesday's protest in Melbourne's city centre that centred on the Shrine of Remembrance.
Health chief Brett Sutton says it will take a couple of weeks to learn whether the protest was a super-spreading event.
On Friday afternoon, police descended on Northcote dispersing a crowd of up to 80 protesters and making 31 arrests, while at least one person was arrested following a small protest in St Kilda on Saturday.
The protests began on Monday in opposition to mandatory vaccinations for the construction sector and the closure of building site tea rooms but have morphed into a wider anti-lockdown and anti-vaccine movement.
Australian Associated Press