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Darling Downs business offers cash incentives for Covid jab


A major Darling Downs employer is being praised for offering cash incentives to encourage staff to get their coronavirus jabs in a bid to get the entire workforce vaccinated.

And, it appears to be working.

Meat processor JBS, west of Toowoomba, is offering $30 per jab to its more than 900 staff. They also go into a draw to win $1000 worth of vouchers.

Around 65 per cent of staff at the abattoir have had their first dose and 55 per cent are fully vaccinated - that compares with Toowoomba's vaccination rate of 53 per cent of double-dosed residents.

Agricultural Minister Mark Furner visited JBS today to highlight the scheme in hopes other business owners will offer similar incentives to reach the 80 per cent vaccination target.

"I'm very encouraged with businesses like JBS, who understand how vital it is to have a strong health response is in keeping the agricultural industry strong," Mr Furner says.

"They are at the forefront of incentives."

Queensland will open its borders to fully vaccinated people into Queensland from December 17, provided they have had a negative test in the past 72 hours, and they will not need to quarantine.

Around 72 per cent of the eligible Queensland population has had its first dose, 56.9 per cent are fully vaccinated.

Mr Furner has this message for anti-vaxxers: "Look at the science behind the health response and the need to be doing this.

"Think about your own family; think about whether you want to put yourself in a situation where you are jeopardising your health and the health of your family by refusing to have a vaccination.

"The facts are that people who are fully vaccinated are 86 per cent less likely to catch Covid and pass it on."