Paterson works to alleviate vaccine hesitancy among city’s Muslim residents

The city of Paterson is on a mission to address COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy among the city’s Muslim population.

News 12 Staff

Apr 29, 2021, 10:48 PM

Updated 1,117 days ago

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The city of Paterson is on a mission to address COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy among the city’s Muslim population.
Paterson officials will be setting up pop-up vaccination sites at several mosques in the city. The sites will operate during Ramadan.
Mayor Andre Sayegh says that the city will also identify vaccine ambassadors. There will be ambassadors for the Arab, Turkish and Bangladeshi communities.
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“I believe that pop-up sites can help our community members get easy access to get vaccinated. I’m talking about especially the people who work the whole day in supermarkets, who work in bodegas. They may not have enough time to stand on the line for hours to get vaccinated,” says Paterson teacher Forid Uddin.
Mayor Sayegh says that the city may have about 25,000 Muslim residents.


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