Major vaccination drive at Edmonton Islamic Centre
A southwest Edmonton mosque will turn into a temporary vaccine clinic to help protect local residents from COVID-19.
Up to 1,200 Albertans can receive their first dose of mRNA vaccine over three days at the Muslim Association of Canada (MAC) Islamic Centre. The clinic will run from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on June 18 and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on June 19 and June 20.
The community-led clinic aims to reduce barriers, increase uptake and address vaccine hesitancy among the community and anyone else seeking a first dose of vaccine. Anyone interested in attending the clinic for a first dose can book online with Alberta Health Services (AHS) or by calling 811.
The temporary clinic is a partnership between the Government of Alberta, Alberta Health Services and MAC.
“We are thrilled to be working with MAC and this community to help more people get their vaccine. We are working hard to remove barriers and help all communities access the vaccine. These vaccines are very safe and highly effective, so please get your dose as soon as possible.”
Tyler Shandro, Minister of Health
“I am pleased to see that our government is holding an immunization clinic on June 18th and 19th at the Rahma Mosque in Edmonton. I am extremely grateful to the Muslim Association of Canada for their help in making this possible and their work to ensure all Albertans have convenient access to vaccines. This is a great opportunity for the members of this community.”
Muhammad Yaseen, MLA for Calgary-North
“Helping to support and collaborate on new and innovative clinic models will help all the partner groups achieve the goal of having all Albertans who want to be vaccinated get vaccinated.”
Selene Tash, executive director, Community Health Services, AHS
“We are very proud to offer our spaces and resources to serve Canadians in Alberta, Ontario and Quebec. Our faith guides us to be of service and benefit the communities we live in. Stepping in during times of crisis is of paramount importance. We can only get through this pandemic if we all work together. These community and government partnerships proved to be effective working models for working together during challenging times.”
Sharaf Sharafeldin, executive director, Muslim Association of Canada
This temporary clinic is the latest initiative to offer targeted immunizations in an attempt to reduce access barriers for Albertans provincewide.
Health officials are also working with other partners across the province to develop temporary clinics or other tools to reduce barriers and increase vaccine uptake. Additional information will be shared in the coming weeks.
Alberta’s government is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic by protecting lives and livelihoods with precise measures to bend the curve, sustain small businesses and protect Alberta’s health-care system.
The temporary clinic will run at the MAC Islamic Centre, 6104 172 Street NW, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on June 18 and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on June 19 and June 20.
Albertans interested in this clinic can book online using the AHS booking tool. When attending your appointment, please bring identification and your Alberta Health Care card, if you have one.
Community vaccination rates are updated daily in an interactive online map.