Queensland Country Music Festival Becomes First In Australia To Offer Covid Vaccines | Festivals

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Queensland Health has partnered with a country music festival to get more a hand in the battle against Covid-19.

This weekend’s Savannah in the Round Music Festival, taking place in Mareeba in the Cairns hinterland, will be hosted by John Butler, John Williamson, Lee Kernaghan and Sheppard.

Also on the program: a vaccination hub, offering festival-goers a free dose of Pfizer jab.

While the festival claims to be the first in Australia to distribute vaccines, there is a global precedent: last month in UK, pop-up vaccination centers featured at Reading and Leeds music festivals; and in July, an electronic pop music festival in Ottawa, Canada, vaccinated hundreds of festival-goers.

As of Wednesday, less than 50% of Queenslanders aged 16 and over were fully vaccinated, compared to nearly 62% of NSW.

Festival director James Dein said the partnership with Queensland Health will help bring the state back to normal.

“Creating a festival in the midst of a pandemic is no easy task, but vaccination is the key to freedom,” he said.

“We have worked hard for over two years now to ensure that our Covid plan is best practice, and while we are proud of the event we will be hosting in the Tropical North this weekend, we urge our customers to join us in getting the jab to make normal life just around the corner.


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