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Cairns airport joins vaccination blitz

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Cairns locals and visitors are being urged to support the local tourism industry by getting a COVID jab at Cairns Airport from today.

It is in a bid to boost our vaccination rates ahead of state borders opening on December 17.

Airport Chief Executive Officer Richard Barker says the vaccination clinic was another opportunity for travellers and the aviation community to get vaccinated in time for the state’s opening.

“Hitting 80 per cent will protect the health of the vulnerable in our community and protect jobs in our region," he says.

"For this community to really get back on its feet, we really need to hit 90 percent which will allow international visitors back."

Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service executive director Dr Don Mackie says the Health Service has been working closely with Cairns Airport to make the COVID-19 vaccine as accessible as
possible to travellers.

“Cairns Airport is one of the busiest airports in Australia, so having a clinic at the domestic terminal will give anyone who is not yet vaccinated either coming to our region or flying out, the best opportunity to protect our communities against the virus,” he says.

The pop-up vaccination clinic at Cairns Airport will open Fridays – Monday from 6.00am-1.30pm starting today.

Cairns Airport is offering free car parking for one hour in the T2 Domestic Car Park for anyone that visits the Airport Clinic to get vaccinated.

No bookings are required and anyone 12 years of age or over can walk-in for their Pfizer vaccine.

 

 [Photo credit: Cairns Airport]