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22 October, 2021

Walk up, roll up, vaccination time

WITH the news of interstate borders reopening prior to Christmas the race is on to bring the north’s vaccination levels to the required 80 per cent or higher.

By Peter McCullagh

The Cairns Convention Centre has reopened as a vaccination hub along with the announcement of a pop-up clinic at Cairns Central Shopping Centre this Saturday.

The Cairns Convention Centre’s vaccination clinic was a success with 16,152 doses of the COVID-19 vaccination administered between early September and October 10.

In addition to the pop-up clinic located in Cairns Central, visitors to local music festivals will also have opportunity roll up their sleeves and receive their first or second dose.

Member for Cairns Michael Healy said that vaccination efforts in the Far North had been targeted to where locals live, work and play.

“This weekend, there is a pop-up clinic provided by the Commonwealth at the Grass Is Greener music festival; and there will be another one at the Tablelands Folk Festival in Yungaburra,” he said.

“On top of that, you can always visit the Queensland Health hubs at Smithfield (JCU) or the Cairns South Health Facility, or speak with your local GP or community pharmacy – there are plenty of options to get vaccinated now.

“The more people vaccinated in our region, the sooner we can get back to normal.”

The Cairns Convention Centre will be open 8am until 3.30pm every day except Thursday, where it will be open longer on Thursday until 7.30pm to accommodate late night shoppers.

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