Covid 19 Vaccine - Advice For Communities During Ramadan (Includes Language Videos)

It is vital that everyone in our community is vaccinated against Covid-19. The British Islamic Medical Association has advised that taking the Covid-19 vaccination does not invalidate the fast.
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Is it ok to have the vaccine?

The Covid-19 vaccines went through the same rigorous testing as any other vaccine

Because of the incredibly urgent need to protect people from Covid-19, the medical world worked together to find a solution
Barriers were lifted, obstacles removed and funding provided to make it happen
The result: safe, effective vaccines were developed quickly, and in line with all the required safety and effectiveness checks at every stage
To give us a chance of stopping the spread of this deadly virus, we need everyone to come forward to be vaccinated
  • The British Islamic Medical Association (BIMA) has certified that the Covid-19 vaccines are safe and effective
  • There is no material of animal origin (including porcine content) in either the Pfizer BioNTech, Oxford/AstraZeneca or Moderna vaccine
  • With Ramadan approaching, it is important to know that you can have your Covid-19 vaccination while fasting
  • Once you receive your invitation, make your appointment and get vaccinated to protect you, your family and the community against the effects of the virus
Below is a video from Reading Doctor - Dr Ahmed and links to other language videos from local Doctors in Hindi, Urdu, Tamil, Nepali
Dr Belaji - Tamil 
Dr Ahmed - Hindi
Dr Sharma - Nepali
Dr Khader - Urdu
See the video of NHS and community running the recent pop up vaccination at the Aisha Mosque in Earley

What if you experience side-effects after the vaccine?

All medicines have some side-effects. In trials of the Covid-19 vaccine, around 10% of people reported mild side-effects such as headache, tiredness and soreness in the arm. These were less common in people aged 65 or over.

Most side-effects are mild and last only a few hours, or maybe a day or two
However, if you become unwell after receiving the vaccine and have any of the following symptoms you should seek medical help:
  • a new, severe headache which is not helped by usual painkillers or is getting worse
  • an unusual headache which seems worse when lying down or bending over or may be accompanied by
  • blurred vision, nausea and vomiting
  • difficulty with your speech,
  • weakness, drowsiness or seizures
  • new, unexplained pinprick bruising or bleeding
  • shortness of breath, chest pain, leg swelling or persistent abdominal pain

Can you have a PCR or Lateral Flow Test during Ramadan?

Did you know that 1 in 3 people with Covid-19 are asymptomatic? This means they have Covid-19 but don’t have any symptoms. So they can spread the virus to others without knowing it.

Thisd is why regular testing for anyone who has to leave the home to go to work or school is crucial to helping stop the spread of the virus

Please remember, if you have a PCR or Lateral Flow Test during Ramadan it will not invalidate your fast, and this is backed up by leading scholars consulted by BIMA

What if you’re due a second Covid-19 vaccine during Ramadan?

  • The Covid-19 vaccines are given in two doses. The second dose is important because it boosts your immunity and provides lasting protection against coronavirus
  • That’s why it’s essential to have your second Covid-19 vaccination
  • As with the guidance for the initial vaccination, The British Islamic Medical Association has advised that taking the Covid-19 vaccination does not invalidate the fast

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