Western Sydney’s COVID-19 vaccination outreach team visits Auburn Gallipoli Mosque

Imam Enes Ozkan was one of the people to receive his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

More than 80 members of the Turkish-Australian community received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at Auburn Gallipoli Mosque this month.

The community event was one of many led by the Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) COVID-19 Outreach Vaccination Team, which has been providing COVID-19 vaccinations to vulnerable and priority populations across western Sydney.

Refugee groups, culturally and linguistically diverse communities, and people experiencing or at risk of homelessness are among those on the agenda for Project Lead Jannelle Masa.

“We engaged with the mosque who were receptive to having us there. We collaborated closely with their General Manager to facilitate logistics for the day including arranging Health Interpreters for the Turkish and Arabic community,” Jannelle said.

“The day was a success and it was wonderful to support this culturally diverse group in having access to the vaccine.”

The Australian National Imams Council (ANIC) has confirmed the COVID-19 vaccine is permissible according to Islamic teaching.

The WSLHD COVID-19 Outreach Vaccination Team will return to the mosque in July for recipients to get their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The team is also continuing to work with other organisations to reach priority groups – such as people with a disability as well as refugees and asylum seekers. Over the past two weeks, they have vaccinated 418 people.

More than 500 worshippers attend the Auburn Gallipoli Mosque every day.

As part of our outreach to vulnerable communities, WSLHD began vaccinating people from asylum seeker backgrounds out of Settlement Services International’s Parramatta office.

In the first day, some 40 community members seeking asylum in Australia were provided their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

COVID-19 vaccination is safe and free. If you are aged 40 years or more, you are eligible for vaccination.

To book your COVID-19 vaccination, go to www.nsw.gov.au or visit the Australian Government’s Vaccine Eligibility Checker online.