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Bunnings Offers To Host Mass Covid-19 Vaccination Centres Around Australia

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Bunnings Offers To Host Mass Covid-19 Vaccination Centres Around Australia

Bunnings Warehouse has offered to help with Australia's bungled coronavirus vaccine rollout.

There's no denying the government's delivery of vaccination targets has been an absolute mess and there's no way of telling when the population will get their jabs.

But the DIY hardware specialists have offered to set up mass vaccination hubs in their carparks.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has been pressuring the states and territories to set up these huge hubs to get loads of Aussies through the process of getting their vaccine - but it's not as if you can set up shop anywhere.

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If you've been to a Bunnings Warehouse before then you'll know their carparks are absolutely massive.

They were used at the beginning of the pandemic as testing centres and now the company's CEO is keen to help again.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

Deb Poole hasn't officially approached the government about the idea but says they are ready to assist when the call comes through.

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When asked by Guardian Australia, Ms Poole said: "We've previously supported the government and the community by hosting Covid-19 testing in some of our store car parks and we're always open to discussing further support directly with the government."

Imagine picking up supplies for your next project, some plants and a Bunnings sausage sizzle after getting your Covid-19 jab.

La Trobe University epidemiologist Hassan Vally also told the Guardian it's a pretty good idea putting a mass vaccination site somewhere people can trust: "Everyone in the population seems to end up at Bunnings with some frequency ...they're convenient for people to get to.

"Most people haven't seen a vaccination occur in person, so if you're going into a Bunnings a few times and you keep passing the vaccinations, then the next time you're on your way out with your potting mix, you'll go up and ask."

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New South Wales believes its mass vaccination hubs will be ready by May.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian has identified more than 100 possible locations for a vaccination hub and they're preparing work on implementing the best spots.

"Some of those sites have now been converted, or will be converted, to being able to dispense the Pfizer vaccine, given the likelihood that that vaccine will become more prominent into the future," she said at a press conference.

"New South Wales Health has been advised in the next few weeks of the dose that is we'll be receiving, and in relation to both Pfizer and AstraZeneca, that New South Wales will be receiving.

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"It's important to note that this mass vaccination hub will be needed if we have to dispense with all the Pfizer vaccines that are made available to us.

"So, if the information we've been provided materialises, this vaccination hub will be necessary to get the Pfizer vaccine out to everybody who is in those categories of individuals who need it."

Featured Image Credit: Scott Lewis (Flickr)

Topics: Australia

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