The Victorian government is refusing to reveal the cost of its latest multi-million dollar contract with Microsoft for the state’s Covid-19 vaccination management system (CVMS).

The system, which is used to manage the delivery of jabs to Victorians in settings like mass vaccination hubs, was rolled out in mid-2021 as Victoria’s vaccination drive ramped up.

The Department of Health (DH) entered a deal with Microsoft to provide the end-to-end platform based on its vaccination registration and administration solution in January for $5.8 million.

It followed a five-day approach to market by the department in late 2020 that began shortlisting candidates in a similar timeframe through a “rapid evaluation process”.

That original deal, which climbed by more than 30 percent to $9.1 million during its initial six-month term, expired at the end of June.

But just before it expired, the department extended the deal by a further six months, taking the contract out until the end of December.

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