Queenslanders will soon be able to get a Covid-19 vaccine at their local Bunnings in a bid to encourage people to have a ‘sausage sizzle and a jab’.
Pop-up vaccination clinics will be set up at almost two dozen participating hardware stores and will begin administering vaccine doses from Saturday.
Those who roll up their sleeve to get vaccinated can enjoy an iconic Bunnings sausage afterwards, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced on Tuesday.
Bunnings stores across Queensland will offer the Covid vaccines to customers in a bid to encourage people to have a ‘sausage sizzle and a jab’ (pictured, a Bunnings sausage)
Almost two dozen pop-up vaccination clinics will be set up at participating Bunnings stores across the state on Saturday, the premier announced on Twitter (pictured)
‘Pop-up vaccination clinics are coming to Bunnings. From this Saturday, you can get a Bunnings sausage and vaccine dose at several sites across Queensland #getvaccinated,’ the premier posted to Twitter.
Ms Palaszczuk said her government is finding new ways to bring protection to the population after the state hit the 70 per cent single-dose mark on Monday.
WHERE CAN YOU GET A BUNNINGS SAUSAGE AND A JAB?
Smithfield in Cairns
Townsville North, Mackay North
Paget in Mackay
Fairfield Waters in Townsville
‘So families can get their Bunnings sausage and a dose of vaccine,’ the premier told parliament on Tuesday.
Queenslanders were also offered a jab and a sausage sizzle as part of the Super Pfizer Weekend’ last Saturday.
Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said several high schools across the state operating as vaccination hubs were offering sausage sizzles as well.
‘As we hoped, there’s a sausage sizzle going as well so pop down to your local high school, get a sausage sizzle, support the school and get vaccinated,’ she said.
It comes as the state recorded zero new locally-acquired cases on Tuesday, with four cases in hotel quarantine.
A total of 16,628 vaccines were administered across the state on Monday, and 8929 tests undertaken.
Queensland has also hit a significant milestone in its vaccination push with 70.2 per cent of people having received their first dose and 52.7 per cent fully vaccinated.
Ms Palaszczuk paid tribute to the Queenslanders who came forward for testing as other states have been ravaged by the Delta variant.
‘In the past 118 days, they have come forward to provide 1,745,000 tests,’ she said.
‘We have opened 156 vaccination clinics. They have helped deliver a total of more than 2.8 million vaccines including at pop-up clinics everywhere from football finals to high school halls.
‘We continue to find new ways to bring the vaccine closer to people … I can announce that starting this Saturday, vaccine clinics are coming to Bunnings.’
More than two dozen sites have been identified across the state, stretching from the Gold Coast, inland to Dalby and as far north as Townsville.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk (pictured) told parliament her government was finding new ways to boost vaccination rates as the state hit the 70 per cent single-dose mark on Monday
Queensland recorded zero new cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday marking the seventh consecutive day of no community transmission (pictured, a student is vaccinated in Brisbane)
A home quarantine trial for 1000 stranded residents has also begun as the government begins to hint at plans for reopening.
Health Minister Yvette D’Ath wants Queenslanders to return home safely from interstate hotspots, and the trial will be expanded if successful.
‘It is important that we do everything we can to implement strategies that will help manage the virus in our state,’ she told parliament on Tuesday.
‘As with any trial it offers us the opportunity to evaluate the effectiveness of the program and make improvements to enhance or expand the trial.
‘So, if you’ve come forward to participate in this trial, check your emails and texts in case you’ve been offered to home quarantine, we want as many people taking up this opportunity as possible.’