The holy month of Ramadan is when Muslims do not eat or drink during daylight hours for 30 days. The month is seen as a very important time for Muslims across the world. It is traditional for families to meet daily to break the fast and go to evening prayers.
During the pandemic and afterwards, because of the social distancing rules, families could not meet and carry on these traditions. Now with the easing of the Covid-19 rules, Muslims will be able to meet their family and friends to break their fasts, go to mosques for prayers and celebrate Eid together again.
In the coming weeks, as people return to their offices and continue to work from home, the NHS advises Muslims to take regular breaks and to keep safe.
If you are fasting during Ramadan and have not had your vaccine, we advise you not to delay getting the jab.
Mohammad Hassan Ally, Clinical Lead for the Wilson’s vaccination programme said:
“During the holy month of Ramadan, you can still receive your Covid-19 vaccine. The British Islamic Medical Association has confirmed that getting any of the Covid-19 vaccines during Ramadan will not break your fast.
Vaccines also do not contain pork or other animal, foetal or alcohol products, and are all halal. If you’re eligible for your first, second or booster doses, we strongly urge you to come forward and not do not delay. If you have any concerns about the Covid-19 vaccine, please speak to a healthcare professional to help you make an informed decision.”
More than 140 million vaccine doses have been given in England so far. Appointments can be made through the National Booking System or by calling 119.
For further information on Ramadan, please see below the following resources:
- Muslim Council of Britain: Welcoming Ramadan 2022 Guide – includes information on what Ramadan is, the impact of Covid-19 and tips on working during Ramadan.
- British Islamic Medical Association COVID-19 Vaccine Hub – Statements
- British Islamic Medical Association COVID-19 Vaccine Hub – Myths
- Ramadan-and-Eid-guidance-2021.pdf (nhsmuslimnetwork.co.uk)
- NHS Muslim Network | Celebrating Ramadan 2022