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Muslim leaders seek campaign to tackle vaccine hesitancy

MUMBAI: Since a large section of Muslims is reluctant to get vaccinated against Covid-19, several community leaders have sought a massive awareness campaign to persuade the community to get the jabs.
Confusion about the vaccine’s capacity to mitigate the impact of infection, rumours around its side-effects and the ongoing Ramzan are making many Muslims delay their first shot of the vaccine. “There is confusion among some people whether the vaccine works to fight the Covid-19 or not and many buy the rumour that it could cause side-effects. Such confusion and doubts need to be removed,” said Sohail Khandwani, treasurer, World Memon Organisation (WMO)
Khandwanisaid WMO, in association with the two dargahs, could set up vaccination centres, provided the authorities give the necessary help.
M Asif Farooqui, executive council member of Aligarh Muslim University, said while touring several slum pockets in Mumbai, he heard reservations about the vaccine among the community members. “The ulema or religious scholars need to come out and tell the members to go for vaccination,” said Farooqui. A section of the community is wary about getting inoculated after the recent death of Maulana Wali Rahmani, general secretary of All India Muslim Personal Law Board, following coronavirus complications.

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