AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – Colorado’s first Muslim lawmaker, Rep. Iman Jodeh, saw great fear in the Muslim community when it came to the COVID-19 vaccine.
“We have seen great concern about getting the vaccine,” she said.
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She knew she had to help the people in her community feel good when she got the vaccine. So the state set up a vaccination clinic at the Colorado Muslim Society in Aurora.
“Offering it in a place where they were comfortable with Arabic speakers and where Muslims not only managed but also helped translate was something that could alleviate that frustration,” Jodeh said.
Hundreds of people came and got their first or second dose. Governor Jared Polis even stopped by for a tour. He says such outreach clinics that come into neighborhoods and faith centers help protect Coloradans.
“I think the huge focus on stock clinics is really having an impact on Colorado and is making progress towards our equity goals to end the pandemic and change lives,” he said.
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It wasn’t just Muslims who were vaccinated on Sunday, but people from different backgrounds came to the mosque to get a shot. Both Jodeh and Polis say it was a great opportunity for non-Muslims to visit a mosque and meet their Muslim neighbors.
“It is a great opportunity that the Muslim community and many of the volunteers here in the Muslim community can give back to everyone else,” said Polis.
A woman named Charlene was one of those people who were vaccinated on Sunday. “The process here was wonderful,” she said.
She says the Colorado Muslim Society did a great job hosting it and that she can calm down by getting vaccinated.
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“It’s kind of crazy who has ever been this excited about getting a vaccine? But I was glad I got it, ”said Charlene.