Receiving a coronavirus vaccine during Ramadan will not break the fast observed by Muslims during the religious period, leading Muslim NHS workers said.
NHS staff and Islamic scholars say observing Ramadan shouldn’t stop anyone from getting a bump.
Ramadan takes place between April 12th and May 12th this year, with Muslims fasting in daylight.
Some vaccination sites remain open later so that Muslims can be vaccinated after breaking their fast in the evening.
Dr. However, Farzana Hussain, a Muslim woman and general practitioner with The Project Surgery in East London, said it was not necessary for those who are observing a fast to avoid hours of daylight.
She said, “Getting an injection does not break the fast as it is not nutrition. So there is absolutely no reason why you shouldn’t have it if you are eligible and invited for your Covid-19 vaccine and scheduled for your second dose should be taking it.
“The Quran says that saving your life is the most important thing: saving one life means saving all of humanity. It is the responsibility of a practicing Muslim to take their vaccine. “
She added that people who are concerned about side effects should remember that breaking the fast is also allowed to take medication if they feel unwell.
Imam Yunus Dudhwala, Head of Pastoral Care at Barts Health NHS Trust, said, “This Ramadan will continue to be different. The vast majority of scientists have deemed it permissible to take the vaccine while fasting and have stated that it will not break the fast.
“The experts have determined that the Covid-19 vaccine is effective and provides the best protection for yourself and your loved ones. I ask my Muslim brothers and sisters to consider taking the vaccine if they are called. “
Dr. Nikki Kanani, general practitioner and national medical director for primary care, said the vaccine was “perfectly adequate to have during Ramadan.”
She added, “It is important that people of all faiths feel able to come forward and receive the vaccine.”
The NHS Race and Health Observatory previously said it was safe for Muslims to get a bump during Ramadan.
Concerns were raised about whether the act of getting the vaccine would break the fast, as well as possible side effects of feeling unwell after vaccination and reservations about taking pain medication every day.
The authors of a research paper released earlier this week said there had also been concerns that observing the fast, with its calorie and water restrictions, could either make people worse or predispose and harm people to Covid-19.
Their findings, published in the Journal of Global Health, suggest that the practices associated with Ramadan in 2020 did not have an adverse impact on deaths from Covid-19.
Authors from five UK universities compared coronavirus death rates in areas of England where more than a fifth of the population were Muslim with similarly deprived areas with low Muslim populations.
They found that deaths in both Muslim and controlled areas fell steadily during and after Ramadan, suggesting that fasting had no adverse effects.