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Bunnings vaccinations: West Aussies turn out for COVID jabs as part of ‘super vax weekend’

A sausage and a jab was the order of the day for dozens of West Australians on Saturday morning who turned up to Bunnings to get vaccinated as part of ‘super vax weekend’.

At Bunnings Balcatta, at least 40 people turned up in the first hour to get the jab – including mums, dads and kids.

“It’s an Australian thing to do, come to Bunnings on the weekend and get a sausage,” clinical nurse Kirrilly Owen said.

“And this weekend, they can also get a jab.”

On Friday, WA Premier Mark McGowan implored West Australians who had not been vaccinated to do so, as he promised to open up the hard border to NSW and Victoria once the state’s vaccination rate is estimated to hit a target of 90 per cent.

On current projections, that is likely to be sometime in January or early February.

Currently, WA’s double vaccination rate for eligible West Australians 12 and over is just over 60 per cent.

‘Super Vax weekend’ has seen vaccination clinics pop up at a number of Bunnings stores across the metropolitan and regional areas.

People who turned out to be jabbed on Saturday had various reasons for doing it, with the convenience of being able to turn up to Bunnings and get a jab a major factor.

Nurse Hayley Cooke with Ashley Valli (26) from Stirling gets vaccinated during Super Vax Weekend at Bunnings in Balcatta on Nov 6, 2021. Photo by Matt Jelonek/The West Australian.
Camera IconNurse Hayley Cooke with Ashley Valli (26) from Stirling. Credit: Matt Jelonek/Matt Jelonek/The West Australian

“I was coming to Bunnings to get some Weed and Feed, so I decided to drop off my daughter Tessa to get vaccinated,” Adelle Macdonald said.

But there was also another reason she and her daughter saw being vaccinated as a must – her husband Tim was the assistant coach of the English women’s cricket side and her was currently in the UK.

The family had been apart for several months and they were looking to be reunited when international travel to and from WA was made easier early next year.

Gordon Flake was at Bunnings Balcatta with his children Francesca, 18 and Lachoneus, 16.

Siblings Lachoneus (16) and Francesca (18) Flake from Duncraig pose for a photo after their vaccination during Super Vax Weekend at Bunnings in Balcatta on Nov 6, 2021. Photo by Matt Jelonek/The West Australian.
Camera IconSiblings Lachoneus (16) and Francesca (18) Flake from Duncraig. Credit: Matt Jelonek/Matt Jelonek/The West Australian

He was well aware of Mark McGowan’s plea to get jabbed.

“We have to catch up, if we want to open up,” he said.

Being able to go to Bunnings was convenient, he said.

“The easier we make it, the more people will get vaccinated.”

Ashley Valli agreed that the convenience of being able to get a jab at Bunnings was a big boon.

“It’s a lot quicker and close by,” she said.

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