On March 18, elder Imams from across the state of Minnesota came to Community-University Health Care Center to receive COVID-19 vaccinations. Imam Sharif Mohamed from Dar al-Hijrah Mosque helped to organize the event to encourage vaccine confidence within the Somali community. Imam Sharif and other Somali faith leaders saw the need to help promote and advocate for increased COVID-19 vaccination and decided to lead by example. Sixteen Imams volunteered to get the vaccines. The event was filmed by Somali media outlets and has already been viewed over 200,000 times by people in Minnesota, across the U.S., and around the world. The partnership between CUHCC leadership, staff and medical providers, the Disparities in COVID Response Task Force, and the Somali community and faith leaders made this event possible. “Having close relationships between community leaders and Somali medical providers helps in the fight against COVID,” said Imam Sharif.
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