Muslim Leaders Encourage People To Get Vaccinated Before Ramadan
The local Muslim community is urging worshippers to get vaccinated. The plea comes before the start of Ramadan on Monday.
Masjid Al-Ansar Islamic Community Center in Brooklyn Center is one of several worship places holding a vaccine clinic. It received about 500 doses of the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
The Muslim American Society of Minnesota received about 10,000 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine and distributed it to different groups throughout the state. Muslim leaders say they went with Johnson & Johnson because it’s only one dose. However, it generally takes two weeks to build up to full immunity after receiving the Johnson & Johnson dose.
Muslim officials were concerned about people taking a second vaccine dose in the middle of Ramadan because many people become sick for one day, and they might have to break their fast for that one day.
More than 800 people signed up to get vaccinated at the Brooklyn Center location. A local imam says it’s crucial to provide resources and education to diverse communities.
“There is hesitancy here, there’s no question about that. That’s why I have always advocated, for us to be able to administer in the way that we want, we need education. We need to educate folks for them to know the benefits,” said Imam Mohammed Dukuly.
The vaccines will be offered Monday from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Brooklyn Center mosque, located off Shingle Creek Crossing. Other mosques in the area are also offering COVID-19 vaccines.