Thu. Jun 30th, 2022

Queensland has registered its seventh day in a row without local cases of coronavirus, as the state is ready to roll out vaccine clinics in hardware stores.

On Tuesday, four cases were registered in hotel quarantine, including three from a ship off the coast of Queensland, the Imabari Queen.

Queensland Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk has delivered the latest COVID update to Parliament.

Queensland Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk has delivered the latest COVID update to Parliament.Credit:Matt Dennien

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said from Saturday that vaccine clinics would come to Bunnings.

“More than two dozen sites have been identified throughout the state so families can get their Bunnings sausage and a dose of the vaccine,” she said.

The pop-up vaccination clinics will be in Bunnings stores from Saturday in Browns Plains, Morayfield, Brendale, Bethania, Mt Gravatt, Stafford, North Lakes, Maryborough, Bundaberg, Hervey Bay, Dalby, Smithfield (Cairns), Fairfield Waters (Townsville) , Townsville, Townsville North, Mackay North, Paget (Mackay), Airlie Beach, Kingaroy, Gladstone, Rockhampton, Yeppoon and Gympie.

Bunning CEO Mike Schneider said the company would host pop-up clinics in about 30 of their store’s Queensland parking lots, and these would be run by Queensland Health.

In July, Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg noted that the private sector could help vaccinate the public, but Wesfarmer CEO Rob Scott said at the time that more work was needed to find out if it was possible to offer vaccinations by Bunnings and Officeworks.

Queensland’s vaccination rate continues to falter, with the state sitting in the penultimate place for double doses, just ahead of Western Australia.

In Queensland, 70.21 percent of people over the age of 16 have received their first dose, while 52.70 percent have received their second dose.

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