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Bunnings joins Tassie COVID-19 jab roll out

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Locals across the north will be able to head to Bunnings for a COVID-19 jab.

The hardware giants have joined the State Government's vaccination efforts, providing space in store carparks to host pop-up clinics in the North and North-West.

Pop-up clinics will be running at three Bunnings locations this weekend.

Locals can walk in at Devonport on Saturday, and at Burnie and Invermay on Sunday from 9am to 3pm.

Minister for Health Jeremy Rockliff says no appointment is required.

“If you’re in any of these areas and can get to Bunnings, you could add a Pfizer jab to the ‘to do’ list,” Mr Rockliff said.

Officials have thanked Bunnings for allowing Public Health vaccination teams to operate these Pfizer clinics at Devonport, Burnie and Invermay sites.

Bunnings Managing Director Mike Schneider has welcomed the opportunity.

“We hope it makes accessing vaccinations as easy as possible for the community and customers.”

Those who want to book an appointment can call the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738 or book online here.

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The program has seen great success up in Queensland, with vaccination clinics set up at 33 different Bunnings stores.

Over 4,000 doses were administered in the first weekend, with most being first doses.

It's hoped including Bunnings stores in Tasmania's roll out will help boost vaccination rates across the north before the borders reopen completely on December 15.

Currently, 87.5 per cent of eligible locals over the age of have received their first COVID-19 vaccine dose, 72.6 per cent are fully vaccinated.

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