Parents are calling for a clear plan for how year 12 students complete their final months of schooling as delays in vaccination and lack of guidance about exams cause extra stress.
About 5000 VCE students across the state who need to attend school this week to complete school assessed coursework (SACs) in performing arts studies must undertake a coronavirus test.
The Victorian health department said the testing only applied to performing arts students because subjects "largely involve singing, music and other aerosolised activities".
The must be tested within 48 hours of their exam, but evidence of a negative test is not required before they sit the exam.
A new parent advocacy group #VCEWhatsThePlanDan has called for priority vaccination queues for year 11 and 12 students, shortening the Pfizer vaccine gap from six to three weeks so it is completed before the October/November final exam period, and for health authorities to outline exam plans.
"The clock is ticking for these students, who are grappling with significant anxiety caused by extended lockdowns, lack of contact with friends and teachers, and uncertainty around their education and futures," said spokesperson Associate Professor Caroline Dowling.
"These kids have done their part in keeping Victorians safe - now it is time to support them to finish a difficult year in the best possible way."
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"With the exams just weeks away, you would expect authorities to be well-advanced in considering and addressing risks."
On Monday, health minister Martin Foley could not give any more detail on how vaccination for year 12 students would be prioritised, with thousands of students and parents unable to book for the jab because of supply issues.
All Pfizer appointments at state-run vaccination hubs are fully booked, but some GPs and community pharmacies are expected to have Pfizer available this week through the Commonwealth roll-out.
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