A mosque in Huddersfield has been transformed into a pop up vaccination clinic.
Throughout last week people over the age of 50 with health conditions putting them at greater risk were offered vaccinations after Friday prayers at Masjid Riza, Birkby on 26 March 2021.
Working with staff from local GP practices, mosque trustees helped to reach different groups including those who might be concerned about having the vaccine.
“We want to make sure all communities get the vaccine and reassure people about any concerns they may have,” said Dr Burhan Ahmed, Clinical Director for Greenwood PCN and GP at Croft Medical Centre. “We’ve been looking at ways we can reach different groups of patients and where we might need different approaches to help people feel more confident about having their vaccination. It is important that no one is left behind.”
Dr Jalil Ahmed, a GP at Fieldhead Surgery, part of The Viaduct Care Network, spoke to worshippers attending Friday prayers about the importance of getting the vaccine for themselves and the community.
“A lot of people said that hearing the sermon helped them make their decision to come and get the vaccine,” he explained.
For the trustees this was a chance for the mosque to play a positive role in helping the local role out of the vaccine.
“We’ve wanted to get involved and support the NHS with the local COVID-19 vaccination programme for some time. We’re really pleased it’s happene,” said said Sharafat Ali, Trustee at Masjid Riza. “We’re in the heart of Birkby and Fartown, in an accessible location which people know. It’s been a fully inclusive clinic and we’re really pleased to have welcomed so many people from our community. We’re already being asked when the next one is.”
In-between welcoming people to the clinic, Iqbal Mohammad, a member of the mosque, also got his vaccine. He said: “Everybody should have it. I think it’s a good idea to run the clinic here. Hopefully, there will be more.”
Over half of all adults in Kirklees have now received their first dose of the vaccine. However, although uptake levels remain high concerns about vaccine hesitancy remain. If you’re over the age of 50 and have not yet booked your first vaccine, you are being encouraged to do so.
Those over the age of 80 and in more vulnerable groups should also have been reminded about getting their second dose.
You can book an appointment by calling 119.