Coronavirus crisis: Vaccine drive to see clinics set up at cricket and at Woolworths and Aldi stores

Charlotte EltonThe West Australian
Cricket fans can get the jab at Perth Scorchers matches.
Camera IconCricket fans can get the jab at Perth Scorchers matches. Credit: The West Australian

West Aussies will be able to get jabbed at the cricket this summer, as the State Government launches a new vaccination drive.

Optus Stadium will host pop-up clinics during matches throughout November and December, starting with the Perth Scorchers women’s Big Bash League final on Saturday.

Punters at the Perth Scorchers men’s opening BBL game on December 8 will also have the opportunity to roll up their sleeves.

“Get behind our team and get your vaccine at the same time,” Premier Mark McGowan said on Wednesday.

However, Mr McGowan said he “hadn’t received a final answer” from Cricket Australia on whether Perth will be able to host an Ashes test series.

Under current quarantine rules, cricketers would have to isolate prior to the Test, which is scheduled to start on January 14.

“There hasn’t been any decision made,” he said.

“It’s really up to Cricket (Australia) now whether they want to adhere to our quarantine rules.”

The new vaccine initiative is part of the Government’s “Summer Vaccination Drive”, which will also result in clinics opening at multiple Woolworths and Aldi stores.

All up, 11 supermarket clinics will open in the metropolitan area and five in regional areas.

“We know the virus is coming to Western Australia,” Mr McGowan said. “When it arrives here ... it will find those people who aren’t vaccinated.

Premier Mark McGowan.
Camera IconPremier Mark McGowan. Credit: Simon Santi/The West Australian

“The best way to keep pushing our vaccination rate up in conjunction with the workforce mandates is to make vaccinations as easily accessible as possible.”

In WA, 73.4 per cent of people aged 12 and above are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, with 85.3 per cent having had at least one dose.

Mr McGowan said that the State was on track to reach the 80 per cent fully vaccinated target next month.

The Government will then set a reopening date.

Health Minister Roger Cook urged the vaccine hesitant to listen to the science.

“Ignore the noise of a tiny minority and listen to the almost two million West Australians who wants to protect each other,” he said.

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