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Physicians and scholars try to quell Muslim fears over vaccines and Ramadan

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Islamic scholars and physicians in the United Kingdom have come together in an attempt to dispel fears that taking the coronavirus vaccine during Ramadan will break a Muslim’s fast.

Many Muslims are reportedly afraid to take the vaccine during the holy month, which begins on Tuesday, as they believe that in addition to breaking their fast, possible side affects from the vaccine could prompt them to take over the counter drugs during the day, a no-no for healthy people who are fasting.

Islamic scholars announced that taking the licensed coronavirus vaccines does not break one’s fast, and Muslims should not delay getting vaccinated during Ramadan.

Islamic physicians joined in, adding that intramuscular, inter-bone, or intra-articular injection for non-food purposes does not invalidate the fast, regardless of the content of the injection that enters the bloodstream.

They also added that receiving the coronavirus vaccine as an injection is the only way for vaccination.

A statement released by the doctors read: “We need to address the early concerns raised by some Muslim communities regarding spoiling the fasting as a result of taking the coronavirus vaccinations, and working on the front lines and supporting roles. There is no reason why a first or second dose of the vaccine should not be given during Ramadan.”

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

IMAGE: A Palestinian man receives a shot of the Russian-made Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, at an UNRWA clinic in Gaza City, Wednesday, March 17, 2021. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

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