Taronga Western Plains Zoo at Dubbo and Taronga Zoo Sydney are offering a two-for-one entry pass on Saturday March 26 and Sunday March 27 to anyone who gets a COVID-19 vaccine at walk-in clinics onsite that weekend.
Families can use the entry pass immediately or on any day up until July 31 at either zoo.
The clinic at Taronga Western Plains Zoo will run from 9am to midday in the Giraffe room near the main entrance. The clinic will offer adult and paediatric Pfizer jabs.
The clinic at Taronga Zoo Sydney will be at the main gates, operating from 9am to 3pm – ideal for families from the bush that travel to Sydney for the 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.
Nationals Minister for Regional Health Bronnie Taylor said with more than 95 per cent of the Dubbo community double vaccinated, it is important to get the booster to protect against the harmful effects of COVID-19.
“We know there are a number of people waiting to receive their third dose and this is particularly important for older people and those who have chronic health conditions,” Mrs Taylor said.
“For example, if you are aged 70 to 79 and have not had a booster dose, you are twice as likely as someone who has received it to end up in hospital or to die if you get COVID-19.”
Bookings are not necessary. People can park for free at Taronga Western Plains Zoo, walk into the pop-up clinic, and get vaccinated.
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 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 Nationals in the state government have committed more than $4 billion to the NSW health system to manage the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic since March 2020.