Bunnings Warehouse may soon be opening vaccination hubs at its stores, so Australians can go get a jab and then a post-vaccine snag.
A spokesperson for the hardware giant told The Guardian that it’s open to assisting the federal government with its vaccine rollout. While there hasn’t been any talks between the two just yet, Bunnings said it’s open to coordinating a plan. So *fingers crossed* the gov pulls through.
This comes after the government royally cooked it and scrapped all their COVID vaccine targets due a possible link between the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine and blood clots. This week the government agreed to fast track vaccinations and overhaul their rollout strategy.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that mass vaccination hubs could assist in fast tracking vaccinations before Christmas, and who better to do that then our homeslice Bunnings?
“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,” Bunnings’ chief operating officer Deb Poole told The Guardian.
Another added benefit Bunnings vaccination hubs may have is encouraging the general community to get off their bums and get the jab.
“Everyone in the population seems to end up at Bunnings with some frequency …they’re convenient for people to get to,” associate professor in public health and epidemiologist for La Trobe University Hassan Valley told The Guardian.
MOST importantly though, having the option of a post-vaccination snag is an excellent incentive for Aussies to get the jab. The sausage sizzles are also normally run by community groups, so again, it’s another great way to involve community leaders with the vaccine rollout.
Now that sounds like my idea of a self-care day. Get the jab, eat a snag, spend way too long in the paint section and finally treat myself with a little cactus.