The Queensland Government has enlisted the help of a number of our biggest sporting clubs in a bid to help drive up the state’s vaccination rate.
This weekend, locals are being given an extra incentive to get the jab, with several sporting stars being deployed to a number of State Schools across the South East.
More than 100 schools are taking part in the weekend vaccination blitz, with Southport and Merrimac among those on the Gold Coast being transformed into vaccination hubs.
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Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk made the announcement in State Parliament on Wednesday.
“You won’t just get a jab at our super schools weekend, you will also meet some of your sporting heroes,” the Premier said.
“Darius Boyd, Payne Haas, Justin Hodges and Jarrod Wallace are just some of the players giving up their time to spread the get vaccinated message.”
Other athletes set to be making an appearance include those from the Brisbane Broncos, Queensland Reds, Gold Coast SUNS, Gold Coast Titans, Queensland Firebirds, JCU Townsville Fire and Swimming Queensland.
“Sport has the ability to unite and inspire us,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“That includes spreading the ‘get vaccinated’ message and I want to thank all the clubs, players and athletes who are taking part.”
You can get a jab and meet your favourite sporting stars this weekend 💉🏀
Queensland sporting greats will be on hand to congratulate our vaccination heroes at the Super Schools vaccination blitz. pic.twitter.com/a7jaZ1HdxS
— Annastacia Palaszczuk (@AnnastaciaMP) November 17, 2021
It comes after more than 25,000 people rolled up their sleeves to receive the jab at the last two Super School weekends.
There have been no new local COVID-19 cases in Queensland today, with just one infection detected in hotel quarantine.
The sunshine state’s vaccination tally currently stands at 82.8 per cent first dose and 71.1 per cent fully-vaccinated.