It is that time of the year when we are advised to get inoculated against the flu. As we enter the second winter of the global pandemic, it is also a good time to get the COVID-19 booster shot.
Vaccines are highly effective at minimizing the risk of infection and hospitalization caused by viruses, as well as dramatically reducing death rates. With only two-thirds of the US population being fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, many people remain unprotected.
The head of the Dawoodi Bohras, His Holiness Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin, has been unequivocal in his guidance about the need for members of the Bohra community to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The Dawoodi Bohras of Los Angeles recently held a COVID-19 vaccine booster clinic at their masjid, or mosque, in Woodland Hills, with local Bohra doctors Dr. Khadir Kakal and Dr. Aamir Jamali providing onsite assistance to the Rite Aid staff that were administering the shots.
Along with giving COVID-19 booster shots to all those who were eligible, the clinic also offered the annual flu vaccines. This is the 5th year in succession that the LA Bohras have partnered with Rite Aid to offer the flu vaccine to local members.
A total of eighty-three flu shots and thirty-two Pfizer booster shots were administered.
Nili Khademi, a pharmacist at Rite Aid who was assisting with the clinic, expressed gratitude to Dr. Kakal and Dr. Jamali for spearheading the vaccination drive.