UPDATE | The state government has confirmed a number of Gold Coast Bunnings stores will now take part in the state’s vaccine rollout this weekend.
The Premier this morning announced 23 stores across Queensland would host pop-up vaccine clinics on Saturday and Sunday.
But none of the Gold Coast’s Bunnings stores was included on the original list.
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However, late on Tuesday, an updated list was released with several local stores joining the initiative.
COVID vaccines will now be available at Bunnings stores at Oxenford, Pimpama, Nerang, Robina, Arundel and Burleigh Waters.
The exact operating hours will be confirmed closer to the weekend.
Health Minister Yvette D’ath says the initiative will allow them to reach more people who may not yet have had a jab.
“We’re hoping tradies, renovators, DIY regulars, casual shoppers and those there for the sausage sizzle will all come forward to get vaccinated – and we thank Bunnings for their help to get these sites operational,” Ms D’ath said.
“If you see a vaccination clinic at your local Bunnings and haven’t yet been vaccinated, please walk in and get the jab.”
Mike Schneider, Bunnings Managing Director says they are pleased to be a part of the rollout.
“We hope it makes accessing vaccinations as easy and convenient as picking up an item for a weekend DIY project,” Mr Schneider said.
“We’ve always tried to play an active role supporting the local communities where we operate, so providing space to Queensland Health to accelerate the vaccination rollout just makes sense.
“Like everyone, we can’t wait to see the whole community protected so we can all get back to doing the things we love.”
EARLIER by Rebecca Dakin | Queenslanders will be able to pick up more than a new set of tools or an indoor plant when they head to Bunnings this weekend.
The Queensland Premier has confirmed that the hardware giant will be joining the state’s vaccination rollout, setting up hubs at a number of stores across the state.
“I can announce today that starting this Saturday, vaccine clinics are coming to Bunnings,” Annastacia Palaszczuk told Queensland Parliament on Tuesday.
“More than two dozen sites have been identified across the state, so families can get their Bunnings sausage and a dose of vaccine.
“As you can see we’re taking the vaccine to the people.
“There’s no excuse.”
However, if Gold Coasters want to get the jab at a Bunnings they will have to travel north, with no Gold Coast stores included in the initial rollout.
Here’s the list of participating Bunnings Warehouse stores 👇 pic.twitter.com/BAlwtxdKwD
— Annastacia Palaszczuk (@AnnastaciaMP) October 11, 2021
Queensland’s first dose jab rate reached 70.21 per cent on Monday and 52.7 per cent of the eligible population are now fully vaccinated.
However, the Gold Coast is still behind the state rate, with only 68.8 per cent having received one dose and 49.9 per cent double dosed.
There were no new local COVID-19 cases in Queensland for the 7th day in a row.
There were four overseas acquired cases, one in hotel quarantine and three on board a marine vessel.