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  1. Birmingham mosque wants to offer vaccinations

    Kathryn Stanczyszyn

    Political Reporter, BBC Radio WM

    One of Birmingham's biggest mosques says it's hoping to have a new vaccination site on its premises in the coming days.

    Green Lane Masjid in Small Heath says the move is part of its duty to save lives and it wants to make the idea of getting the vaccine less daunting for people.

    There have been concerns that people in the Muslim community could be refusing the jab because they're worried their second jab will fall during Ramadan when they're fasting.

    Saleem Ahmed, head of welfare at the mosque, said they had reassured people and it was important to keep encouraging people to get vaccinated.

    Green Lane mosque

    "It's part of our religion to be fact-based and seek knowledge from the experts.. so we've got medical professionals, we've got the experts there who are telling us that the vaccine is safe and we're willing to trust them if it means saving lives," Mr Ahmed said.

    The community had listened on the whole, he added, but admitted there had been a low uptake within the older members of the community, especially in Small Heath.

    He said the mosque's support of the vaccine drive showed people it was safe and they should have the jab.

    The mosque hopes to get the green light next week to offer vaccines between March and August.

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