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From 17 May, England moved into stage 3 of the Prime Ministers roadmap out of lockdown. Updated advice is now in place.

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Ramadan and Covid-19 vaccine

Covid-19 vaccines during Ramadan

The safest and most effective way to protect yourself, your family and those most at risk from Covid-19 is by taking the vaccine when offered it by the NHS.

To reassure the Muslim community, the British Islamic Medical Association has reviewed the analysis of Islamic scholars and confirmed that having the vaccine does not invalidate the fast. In addition, the vaccine does not contain pork or other animal, foetal or alcohol products - this reflects the advice of the majority of Islamic scholars that it is permissible.​

Local GPs and public health leads have prepared the below advice to support Muslims who are eligible for vaccination during Ramadan:

  • Do not delay having their Covid-19 vaccine – first or second dose – during the holy month of Ramadan.
  • The safest and most effective way to protect yourself, your family and those most at risk from the virus is by having a vaccine when you are offered it by the NHS.
  • To reassure the Muslim community, the British Islamic Medical Association has reviewed the analysis of Islamic scholars and confirmed that having the vaccine does not invalidate the fast. If you are still unsure whether you should have a vaccine during the holy month, please speak to your local Imam for guidance.
  • The vaccine does not contain pork or other animal, foetal or alcohol products - this reflects the advice of the majority of Islamic scholars that it is permissible.​
  • If you are taking prescribed medicines, you should continue taking them during Ramadan, but check with your GP if the doses need to be adjusted or the times that you take them need to be changed.
  • Fasting is not considered compulsory for many groups, including people who are unwell with a physical or mental illness or have a long-term condition; people who are very frail; people with learning difficulties; and women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or menstruating. In addition, those with increased risk of contracting Covid-19 should consider alternative options to fasting.
  • If you are eligible for vaccination and need further advice around the vaccine and the holy month of Ramadan, you can use the council’s dedicated vaccine helpline on 020 3764 3030. Call handlers speak up to eight community languages to support residents that need help or advice.
  • If you have diabetes and want to fast, please speak to your GP or diabetes nurse about the safest way to do this. Remember that there is an exemption for people with diabetes, especially if you’re on insulin or have any medical complications.