Hundreds of Queenslanders gather for a Bunnings sausage as the state struggles to lift its vaccine rate

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Hundreds of Queenslanders turn up to Bunnings vaccination hubs across stateCovid-19 vaccine rollout began this weekend to increase vaccination rates Annastacia Palaszczuk encouraged families to get a Bunnings sausage & vaxxedBunnings offering jabs from Gold Coast, inland to Dalby & as far north as Cairns

Hundreds of residents have flocked to Bunnings stores across Queensland to grab a sausage sizzle and a jab as the state records zero locally acquired Covid cases on Saturday.

The Queensland government announced the vaccine roll out at Bunnings stores on Tuesday in a bid to boost vaccination uptake across the sunshine state.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the government was trying to bring new ways to protect residents with Bunnings vaccination clinics opening for the first time on Saturday.  

‘So families can get their Bunnings sausage and a dose of vaccine,’ the premier told parliament on Tuesday.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said her government was finding new ways to bring protection to the state's population by turning Bunnings stores into vaccine clinics (pictured)

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said her government was finding new ways to bring protection to the state’s population by turning Bunnings stores into vaccine clinics (pictured)

More than 33 Bunnings retailers are offering the jab across the state, stretching from the Gold Coast, inland to Dalby and as far north as Cairns.

The move comes as the state recorded zero new locally-acquired cases on Saturday with three overseas acquired and detected in hotel quarantine.

A total of 16,140 vaccines were administered across the state in the past 24-hours, and 7,335 tests undertaken.

Queensland's chief health officer Dr Jeanette Young (pictured) was spotted eating a Bunnings snag after a press conference at a vaccination pop-up in Brisbane on Saturday

Queensland’s chief health officer Dr Jeanette Young (pictured) was spotted eating a Bunnings snag after a press conference at a vaccination pop-up in Brisbane on Saturday

Hundreds gathered for a vaccination and a Bunnings sausage on Saturday to help the sunshine state increase its jab rates (pictured, a Queensland resident receives a Covid-19 vaccine)

Hundreds gathered for a vaccination and a Bunnings sausage on Saturday to help the sunshine state increase its jab rates (pictured, a Queensland resident receives a Covid-19 vaccine)

The state has now reached 71.7 per cent first dose and 55.5 per cent double dose.

A home quarantine trial for 1000 stranded residents has also begun as the government begins to address plans for re-opening.

‘It is important that we do everything we can to implement strategies that will help manage the virus in our state,’ Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said on Tuesday.

Vaccinations are offered at retailers from the Gold Coast, inland to Dalby and as far north as Cairns to boost the state's jab rate (pictured, Queenslanders line up at Covid-19 vaccination clinic at Bunnings in Brisbane)

Vaccinations are offered at retailers from the Gold Coast, inland to Dalby and as far north as Cairns to boost the state’s jab rate (pictured, Queenslanders line up at Covid-19 vaccination clinic at Bunnings in Brisbane)

The home quarantine trial offers an opportunity to evaluate the effectiveness of the program and how it can be expanded, she said.

It is the first sign of the government’s plan for allowing interstate travellers back into Queensland, after Ms D’Ath on Monday issued the call for more Queenslanders to get vaccinated.

‘The next five to six weeks are crucial,’ she said.

‘That is your mission. Get yourself protected and that helps protect our whole community and allows us to open up.’

QLD has now reached 71.7 per cent first dose and 55.5 per cent double dose (pictured, Bunnings in Brisbane turns into a vaccination clinic)

QLD has now reached 71.7 per cent first dose and 55.5 per cent double dose (pictured, Bunnings in Brisbane turns into a vaccination clinic)

'Families can get their Bunnings sausage and a dose of vaccine,' the premier told parliament on Tuesday (pictured, residents line up for a sausage sizzle at Bunnings vaccination clinics)

‘Families can get their Bunnings sausage and a dose of vaccine,’ the premier told parliament on Tuesday (pictured, residents line up for a sausage sizzle at Bunnings vaccination clinics)

But the ‘vague promises’ of when the border will reopen should be done away with in favour of a concrete plan, employer organisation the Australian Industry Group says.

‘Talking vaguely of a Christmas reopening schedule and then upping the ante on vaccination targets is far from the circuit breaker announcement that the government needs to deliver to encourage people to get the jab,’ Queensland Head of AI group Rebecca Andrews said on Tuesday.

‘We need an unequivocal statement from the premier, backed up by health authorities, that the state border barriers will be removed on the Monday after the state reaches 80 per cent vaccination coverage of all of those eligible to get the jab.’

There are 29 active COVID-19 cases in Queensland.

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