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UK: Birmingham mosque becomes COVID vaccination centre for most vulnerable02:19

UK: Birmingham mosque becomes COVID vaccination centre for most vulnerable

United Kingdom, Birmingham
January 21, 2021 at 21:52 GMT +00:00 · Published

The Al-Abbas Islamic Centre in southern Birmingham was converted into a temporary vaccination centre on Thursday, as dozens of local residents came to receive their jab against COVID-19.

The floor of the mosque was covered in a protective sponge to keep it clean and respect Islamic teaching which says shoes must be removed and feet must be washed before entering, a process called wudu.

As a result of the protective layer, those entering were not required to remove their shoes.

Local residents were delighted that the mosque was open for vaccines and praised the staff for their friendliness.

One of the residents, Cornelius said, "the staff [were] lovely here and caring. I am glad."

Similar conversions have taken place at community centres across the UK, such as at Salisbury Cathedral, as the country attempts to vaccinate its most vulnerable residents as quickly as possible.

According to the NHS's official figures, nearly 4 million people in England have received a coronavirus vaccine since December 8. The UK is the fifth worst hit country in the world.

UK: Birmingham mosque becomes COVID vaccination centre for most vulnerable02:19
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The Al-Abbas Islamic Centre in southern Birmingham was converted into a temporary vaccination centre on Thursday, as dozens of local residents came to receive their jab against COVID-19.

The floor of the mosque was covered in a protective sponge to keep it clean and respect Islamic teaching which says shoes must be removed and feet must be washed before entering, a process called wudu.

As a result of the protective layer, those entering were not required to remove their shoes.

Local residents were delighted that the mosque was open for vaccines and praised the staff for their friendliness.

One of the residents, Cornelius said, "the staff [were] lovely here and caring. I am glad."

Similar conversions have taken place at community centres across the UK, such as at Salisbury Cathedral, as the country attempts to vaccinate its most vulnerable residents as quickly as possible.

According to the NHS's official figures, nearly 4 million people in England have received a coronavirus vaccine since December 8. The UK is the fifth worst hit country in the world.