Colorado's first ever Muslim lawmaker, Rep. Iman Jodeh, saw a lot of fear in the Muslim community when it came to the COVID-19 vaccine.
- Today, a COVID-19 vaccine clinic was held in Denver geared towards the Muslim community, and our Michael Abeyta was there. He joins us live now from Denver. Michael.
MICHAEL ABEYTA: Well, Kathy, I've covered vaccine clinics at Ethiopian Christian churches, in Latino neighborhoods, and now here at the Colorado Islamic Society, and the goal is the same, bring the vaccine to these communities so that any apprehension people might have dissolves.
REPRESENTATIVE IMAN JODEH: We've been witnessing a lot of apprehension around getting the vaccine.
MICHAEL ABEYTA: Colorado's first ever Muslim lawmaker, Representative Iman Jodeh, says that she needed to help the people in her community feel comfortable getting the COVID-19 vaccine. So the state set up this vaccination clinic at the Colorado Muslim Society.
REPRESENTATIVE IMAN JODEH: Offering it in a place where they felt comfortable, with Arabic speakers, with Muslims not only administering but helping translate, was something that could help ease that frustration.
MICHAEL ABEYTA: Hundreds of people came and got their first or second dose. Governor Polis even stopped by for a tour. He says outreach clinics like these that come to neighborhoods and faith centers are helping protect Coloradans.
GOVERNOR JARED POLIS: I think the large focus on equity clinics is really having an impact on Colorado making progress towards achieving our equity goals to end the pandemic and save lives.
MICHAEL ABEYTA: And it wasn't just Muslims getting vaccinated Sunday. People from all different backgrounds came to the mosque to get a shot. Representative Jodeh and Governor Polis say it was a great opportunity for non-Muslims to get to see a mosque and get to know their Muslim neighbors.
GOVERNOR JARED POLIS: It's a great way that the Muslim community-- and many of the volunteers here today are from the Muslim community-- can give back to everybody else.
- The process here has been wonderful.
MICHAEL ABEYTA: Charlene was one of those people. She says the Colorado Muslim Society did a great job hosting. And getting vaccinated gives her peace of mind.
- It's kind of crazy. Who's ever been so excited to get a vaccine? But I was happy to get it.
MICHAEL ABEYTA: Now Kathy, one thing I did notice here that was a little different from the other ones I've covered is that they had an area where people can get vaccinated in private. It came in handy when a woman came up concerned about her modesty. They were able to usher her in there to get her vaccination where nobody could see her. In Aurora, Michael Abeyta, covering Colorado first.
- That's terrific. Thank you, Michael.