COVID-19 Vaccine: Morton Grove Muslim Community Center hosts Cook County Vaccination Clinic; nearly 2K receive the first dose during Ramadan

MORTON GROVE, Ill. (WLS) — With his parents pressing, it’s vaccination day for 16-year-old Shayan Frahim.

“Both of them actually wanted me to get shot as soon as possible. I’m just glad we did it,” Frahim said.

The high school student is one of 2,000 suburban Cook County residents who received their vaccine Saturday at the Morton Grove Muslim Community Center.

“I think what today represents is something that I’ve been advocating for the last three or four months and that’s getting in on a more grassroots level, especially for the older population,” said Mayor Dan DiMaria, Morton Groves.

The vaccination clinic takes place during the holy month of Ramadan.

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“We have actually reached out to our community and let it be known that permission to take a vaccine is not an issue,” said Ishaq Lat of the Muslim Community Center.

All Illinois residents age 16 or older are now eligible for the vaccine.

Authorities believe some of them represent the approximately 2.5 million suburban Cook County residents who need to be vaccinated.

“We’ve identified a number of barriers over time, whether it’s issues of cultural sensitivity, language barriers, trust,” said Omar Khan of the Muslim Community Center.

The day-long effort is the result of a partnership between MCC and the Cook County Public Health Department’s Mobile Immunization Program.

On Thursday, the county administered the 500,000th dose.

“We will continue to focus on distributing our supply fairly, ensuring it gets to the residents who need it most,” said Cook County Council chairman Toni Preckwinkle.

Residents at Saturday’s inoculation received the two-dose Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

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It was administered by Jewel-Osco Pharmacy staff as efforts continue to provide access to the vaccine to diverse communities.

“Partnering with trusted people who can help educate and break down barriers against vaccine hesitancy,” said Dr. Israel Rocha, CEO of Cook County Health.

Cook County plans to hold 37 supplemental vaccination events at nearly 200 sites.

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