Press release

Published: October 2 3694Last change: October 2 305

GGD Haaglanden was yesterday ( Friday, October 1) started vaccinating against corona in two mosques in The Hague: Al Madinah on Loosduinseweg and the mosque of the Turkish Islamic Cultural Foundation on Kempstraat. This happened after Friday prayers.

Both mosques are also the next Fridays of 00.00 until 18.00 hours accessible to anyone who wants to be vaccinated; also for people from the neighborhood who are not affiliated with the mosques or who are non-believers. The plan is to further expand the number of special injection locations, such as mosques, in the near future.

Vaccination in the mosque fits in with the aim of the Municipality of The Hague and GGD Haaglanden to maximize the vaccination rate. to get. In the neighborhood and target group-oriented approach, the municipality and GGD work together with various partners in the city, such as ideological organizations.

“As far as we are concerned, religious motives play a role in vaccination. no role. Islam puts the health of people first,” said chairman Dervish Maddoe of the Federation of Islamic Organizations in The Hague. Together with Alderman Kavita Parbhudayal of Care, Youth and Public Health, mosque chairman Mohamed Ibrahim Abdoel, and project leader Ank Teuwen of GGD Haaglanden, he was present at the opening of mosque Al Madinah, also popularly known as Faizul Islam, as a screening location.Fables and Facts“The low vaccination readiness among migrants often has too to do with ignorance. It is not always easy to distinguish between fables and facts about vaccination. At the same time, migrants more often have difficulty with government information, or because they do not understand it, cannot find it, or do not trust it. That is why collaboration with key figures in the neighborhoods is so important. Mosques are at the heart of neighborhood life. We therefore wholeheartedly welcome this initiative,” said Maddoe.

Alderman Kavita Parbhudayal: “Vaccination is a joint responsibility. You’re not just doing it for yourself, you’re doing it for each other. As a municipality, we have a lot of knowledge about the different target groups in the city. With customized information and offering the vaccination immediately on site, we are able to reach more people in our diverse city. Every prick is one. This is a huge task for GGD Haaglanden. We can be proud of their efforts”.Many locations GGD Haaglanden has been giving the corona vaccinations for some time at three central locations in The Hague (Sportlaan) and region (Appelgaarde, Leidschendam-Voorburg and Mozartlaan, Delft). In keeping with the approach to vaccination in a district-oriented way, since June, community centres, health centers and libraries have also been vaccinated. A bulletin box is also used. And now special locations, such as mosques, are being added.

Ank Teuwen, project leader test streets and vaccination locations at GGD Haaglanden: “It is special to see how involved and willing the various boards of the mosques are to do their part. In recent weeks I have personally experienced how hospitable we have been received by the various mosques. Their doors are wide open for everyone to be informed and/or vaccinated”. From left to right: Dervish Maddoe, Kavita Parbhudayal, Ank Teuwen and Mohamed Ibrahim Abdul. At GGD puncture locations, a mouth cap and keeping a distance of 1.5 meters are mandatory, only for this photo an exception was made temporarily and no others were present in the room; photo: Municipality of The Hague/Frank Jansen4600 4600

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