Ensuring the physical health and wellbeing of community members, neighbours, and broader society has been the central focus of the global Dawoodi Bohra community during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Dawoodi Bohras of Mississauga have played an active role in creating awareness about the efficacy of vaccines and striven to achieve 100% vaccination of its members.
The Dawoodi Bohra community of Mississauga recently hosted a two-day COVID-19 vaccine clinic at its masjid – or mosque – to administer the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine to people 12 years of age and older and the second dose to people 70 years of age and older. In total, the vaccine clinic administered over 700 doses.
Anwar Bawangaonwala, a spokesperson for the Bohra community said, “The Dawoodi Bohras of Mississauga have been very engaged in the vaccination drive as part of the #RiseToVaccinate global community initiative. It is important to us that we contribute to the health and wellbeing of the local community as much as we can. As part of this initiative, we have been conducting vaccine awareness programs and the entire community has received their first dose.”
The Bohra community has been lauded for its efforts in lending support to the Ontario government’s vaccination goal. Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie visited the clinic and remarked, “Vaccinations are critical in our fight against COVID-19 and I am thrilled to see so many communities, including the Dawoodi Bohras of Mississauga, collaborating with us to administer the first and second doses of the vaccine safely and efficiently. I look forward to more engagements with the community and hope to be a part of their efforts in the future.”
Nina Tangri, the Member of Provincial Parliament for Streetsville, expressed her gratitude for the community’s tireless and dedicated efforts to ensure that second doses were made available as soon as the Government of Ontario expanded eligibility.
Local residents of Mississauga also expressed appreciated the Bohra community for being well-organized, friendly, and for providing excellent services, especially offering water to everyone. Impressed by the community’s efficiency, the Red Cross team that administered the vaccines said, “This was the first time we have ever gone over 300 doses and we cannot thank the community enough for their efforts and collaboration with us.”
The Dawoodi Bohra community of Mississauga is committed to being engaged in initiatives for the welfare of the people as they believe that it is their duty to protect, enhance, and promote the wellbeing of the society they live in.