Indian Society of Calgary receives $ 25,000 grant from federal government to reduce reluctance to COVID-19 vaccine – Calgary

Calgary’s South Asian community receives a push from the federal government to help immunize more people against COVID-19.

The Indian Society of Calgary is one of 20 finalists across Canada who received $ 25,000 from the Public Health Agency of Canada for the Vaccine Community Innovation Challenge to run a 12-week program to promote the confidence in vaccines in their communities.

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Jay Chowdhury with the company said people might face barriers to the vaccine, such as language or technology, so the grant will be used to carry out outreach activities in the South Asian community.

“We really want the community to get vaccinated, not just to protect themselves, but what’s important is that we want them to protect the community,” he told Global News on Sunday.

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The Indian Society of Calgary said it would develop a series of videos “to raise awareness of the benefits of vaccination, dispel myths and emphasize the importance of complying with public health measures.”

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In addition to using social media, the company said it seeks to initiate conversations between people of a younger generation and their parents and grandparents.

“In the South Asian community, it’s very family-oriented, linked to family, so we actually use the younger generation to reach out to the older generation,” Chowdhury said.

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“Not only as a family, not just as a community, not just as an Albertan, we are in the same boat, and I think the best thing we can achieve is a family member because they know each other well. “

“A ripple effect”

Once the 12 weeks have elapsed, a winner will receive a grand prize of $ 100,000, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada.

“We can reach out to our community, but we also believe there will be a ripple effect, not exclusively for the South Asian community,” Chowdhury said.

“People in other communities will also be helped and blessed through our program. “

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