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NRL footy stars to drop in to school vax hubs in Ipswich and Toowoomba

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Two footy stars have thrown their support behind the COVID rollout in Ipswich and Toowoomba schools this weekend.

NRL stars Jamal Fogarty and Ash Taylor from the Gold Coast Titans will make appearances at some of the hubs on either Saturday or Sunday as part of the Super Pfizer Walk-in Weekend.

State Main Roads and Transport Minister Mark Bailey says that they're very optimistic that the players will help boost already increasing vaccination numbers.

"There is no issue with compliance anymore, there is a lot of compliance and it's important for people thinking about putting it off, now is the time to get it done.

The vaccination rates are getting at very high levels, which means the Borders will open and we want every Queenslander to be protected to avoid getting COVID," he says.

Mr Bailey says that with the blitz in schools this weekend, people really need to think about getting vaccinated.

"It is now only 10 days until people can get their first jab in time to get their second before the borders open on December 17," he says.

Meanwhile, Darling Downs and West Moreton PHN CEO Merilyn Strohfeldt says the walk-in COVID-19 Pfizer Vaccination Hubs are about boosting vaccination numbers in these two regions.

"Nationally, we've hit the 70 percent mark but these two regions are still in the 50s -- so we really need to lift those numbers because Queensland is opening up in the next few weeks and we need to get ready," she says.

Ms Strohfeldt says the clinics will target young people, who are yet to get vaccinated.

"When you are in your 20s and 30s you think you are bullet proof and the fact is people aren't and particularly with this nasty Delta variant.

So we want to really reach out to those in their teens, their 20s, their 30s -- please come and get vaccinated,"she says.

See a list of the schools hosting COVID pop-up clinics in Ipswich and Toowoomba this
weekend.

IPSWICH REGION
Springfield Central High School
Saturday, 23 and Sunday, 24 October 2021
9:00am – 5:00pm
Springfield Central High School, 90 Parkland Drive, Springfield Central.

Ripley Valley State Secondary College
Sunday, 24 October 2021
8:30am – 4:00pm
Ripley Valley State Secondary College, 18 Parkway Ave, South Ripley.

Bellbird Park State Secondary College
Sunday, 24 October 2021
8:30am – 4:00pm
Bellbird Park State Secondary College,
2 Alesana Dr, Bellbird Park.

Rosewood State High School
Sunday, 24 October 2021
8:30am – 4:00pm
Rosewood State High School, 46 Lanefield Rd, Rosewood.

Redbank Plains State High School
Sunday, 24 October 2021
8:30am – 4:00pm
Redbank Plains State High School, 136 Willow Rd, Redbank Plains.

Bundamba State Secondary College
Saturday, 23 October 2021
9:00am – 5:00pm
Bundamba State Secondary College, 15a Naomai St, Bundamba.
Toowoomba region

Oakey State High School
Saturday, 23 and Sunday, 24 October 2021
9:00am – 5:00pm
Oakey State High School, 1 Campbell St, Oakey.


Wilsonton State High School
Saturday, 23 and Sunday, 24 October 2021
9:00am – 5:00pm
Wilsonton State High School, 275 North St, Wilsonton.

The Vaccination Hubs will be returning in three weeks operating at the same time to administer dose two.

[Photo: AAP Image/ JASON O'BRIEN]