Due for a Covid booster? Taronga to host vaccine pop ups this weekend!
By ANNA USHER
Taronga Zoo is offering a two-for-one entry pass on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 March to anyone who gets a COVID-19 vaccine at walk-in clinics onsite.
Health Minister Brad Hazzard, Minister for Regional Health Bronnie Taylor and Minister for Environment James Griffin said families can use the entry pass immediately or any day up until July 31, 2022.
“We know parents are time poor and if they’ve had to delay a booster shot or their kids’ jabs, this is a great way to get both done and be rewarded,” Mr Hazzard said.
“Hopefully the excitement of visiting the animals will overcome any needle fears and the initiative helps families get their COVID jabs up to date ahead of school holidays.”
Almost half (48.6%) of all children aged 5 to 11 in NSW have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, and 57.8 per cent of those aged 16 and over have had their booster.
The clinic at Taronga Zoo will be at the main gates, operating from 9am to 3pm. It will offer both adult and paediatric Pfizer jabs.
Minister for Environment James Griffin said bookings are not necessary; people can step off a bus or ferry to Taronga Zoo, walk into the pop-up clinics and get vaccinated.
“The NSW Government has always looked at different ways to support the vaccination rollout and this is another example,” he said.
“You couldn’t ask for a better location to distract both big kids and small from getting a jab.”
Taronga Conservation Society Australia CEO Cameron Kerr AO said all staff are vaccinated and keen to welcome back visitors to a safe setting where they can connect with wildlife.
“With five new lion cubs at Taronga Zoo Sydney and an adorable Greater One-horned Rhino calf to meet at Taronga Western Plains Zoo, there has never been a better time to plan a family day out to either of our zoos and connect with wildlife,” Mr Kerr said.
The NSW Government has committed more than $4 billion to the NSW health system to manage the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic since March 2020.
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