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Halifax mosque to host community COVID-19 vaccine clinic later this month

This comes as part of the province's efforts to identify and improve vaccine access to communities where uptake is lower
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A nurse draws a dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for long-term care residents at Northwood’s Halifax campus on Jan. 11, 2021

The province will be opening a new community COVID-19 vaccine clinic later this month, aimed at helping newcomer populations.

This comes as part of the province's efforts to identify and improve access to communities where vaccine uptake is lower.

Speaking at Wednesday's COVID-19 briefing, Dr. Robert Strang said the Ummah Masjid and Community Centre will host the clinic on June 19.

"While the goal is to make members of the Islamic community comfortable, they are welcoming anyone who wants to book an appointment at this clinic," said the province's chief medical officer of health.

"People can book by calling the toll-free line and can ask for an interpreter and get services in more than 125 languages."

That phone number, 1-833-797-7772, is available between 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., 7 days a week and the different languages include Arabic, Cantonese, Chinese, Farsi, French, Somali and Spanish.

Strang adds the province is very aware of the need to use different methods to make sure specific communities in Nova Scotia have access to COVID-19 vaccines.

Previously, the province opened up community clinics aimed at helping Black and Indigenous communities, homeless populations as well as offering drive-thru clinics for Nova Scotians with mobility issues.

Strang says his team is also trying to reach newcomers as well as temporary foreign workers.



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