RELIGION: Kosovars receive COVID vaccination after Friday prayer at the mosques

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PRISTINA (AP) — The health authorities in Kosovo are using a new method to convince people to get the COVID -19 shot — they’re working with the Muslim community during Friday prayers.

Imams in Kosovo called for the faithful to receive the jab, while medical teams waited outside mosques to administer the vaccine.

Despite the recent decline in daily new cases, authorities in Kosovo fear that there will be a rapid spread of the delta variant. This has been recently noted. They claim that vaccines are the best way to stop the spread of the pandemic.

There has been a fall of interest in people wanting the vaccine, from 20,000 a day at the beginning in March to less than 2,000 a day this week. Some 42% have been vaccinated out of the 1.8 million people.

” This is a great initiative. Ruzhdi Zitia, a retired person who received his jab following prayers, said, “I thank the Islamic community and the government for this very important initiative.

A few hundred people were praying at the main mosque in Pristina, the capital. Many of them later received the Pfizer vaccine.

This month, Kosovo has seen a marked drop in daily new cases. Only 11 cases were reported on Thursday, and no deaths were recorded.

Authorities keep imposing some restrictive measures such as an overnight curfew and the wearing of masks indoors and outdoors.

Imam Burhan Hashedi, Sultan Mehmed 2 mosque, Pristina, was one of those who called on the faithful for the jab. His message was received well.

” This is the first time that I’ve heard an imam call for vaccination. Everyone should be vaccinated regardless of gender or age. Egzon Daka, a young Muslim at the mosque, stated that everyone should be vaccinated.

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