Getting the jab done

More than 100 tradies lined up for an AstraZeneca jab at the drive through vaccination hub at Master Builders ACT in Fyshwick on Saturday.

“We had people queued up from 7.30am and the carpark was already full when the medical team commenced operations at 9am,” Fyshwick Business Association President Rob Evans said.

“As we found with our first drive through vax hub the previous week, giving people flexible options for getting their jab is really worthwhile.

“There was a steady stream of traffic all day and by 3pm we had another 140 Canberrans vaccinated with no adverse events. That’s a great result, especially for those who might not have had their jab any other way.

“Overwhelmingly, people were in good spirits and happy to be there and we thank them for their patience as we worked through all the necessary details to ensure their jab was recorded properly for their digital immunisation certificate.”

Master Builders ACT CEO, Michael Hopkins said, “We were really pleased with the number of construction workers who turned out for their jab, doing their bit to protect their co-workers and the community.

“This is particularly important with the construction industry now operating again. Wherever possible we want to avoid further disruptions and the more people who are vaccinated, as soon as they can, the better.

“It was encouraging to see the range of people making the commitment to get their jab, from young apprentices right through to contractors setting an example for their staff and older people getting their second jab.

“The feedback was tremendously positive, we’ve even had emails from people saying thank you, and we’ll look at whether we run another hub for tradies in the future.

“We’d also like to thank our industry partner CBUS which came on board to support the hub.”

Mr Evans thanked Dr Joe Oguns and the staff from the KENOLTA Medical Centre in Nicholls who managed the clinical side of vaccinations again, and business supporters Jim Murphy’s Market Cellars and Guzman y Gomez which provided a can of beer and a burrito voucher to each person vaccinated, and Canberra FM which ran community service announcements to promote the hub.

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