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Minnesota mosques prepare for Ramadan - with COVID-19 vaccines


April 12, 2021


Nurse Jean Zwilling administered vaccine at Eden Prairie's Al-Tawba Masjid. The mosque was among at least 16 in Minnesota that were part of a vaccination campaign.

Imam Ahmed Aboubadria is a healer of the soul, not the body. But he readily agreed to have his Eden Prairie mosque converted into a COVID-19 vaccination site last week to inoculate Muslim faithful in preparation for Ramadan, which begins Monday night.

His mosque is among at least 16 in Minnesota that have set up makeshift vaccine spaces and waiting rooms in the past 10 days. More than 7,000 people have been vaccinated in a campaign designed to reach a community underserved by the vaccine rollout, despite being among those most at risk.

"I think this is a fantastic idea," said Aboubadria, sitting at his desk in the Al-Tawba Masjid as a steady stream of people rolled up their sleeves down the hall for the vaccine.


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