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PremierLeague-News.Com - Senior Muslim figures in the NHS say those observing Ramadan need not worry about breaking their fast if called for vaccination during daylight hours
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Two leading Muslim figures in the NHS have spoken out to insist that Ramadan should not stop anyone from getting their Covid vaccination. Imam Yunus Dudhwala, Head of Chaplaincy at Barts Health NHS Trust, and Dr Farzana Hussian, a senior GP, stressed that getting the jab does not break the daily fast observed by Muslims during daylight hours in the holy month of Ramadan, which this year is expected to start on April 12 or 13. Some NHS vaccination sites across England are extending their opening hours so that Muslims can receive the jab after they have eaten and make it easier for people to find a convenient slot. However, Dr Hussain a practising Muslim who works at The Project Surgery in East London, said that there was no need to avoid daylight hours and it is a religious duty for Muslims to get vaccinated when their turn comes. Read More Related Articles Best lanterns you can get for Ramadan 2021 and the story behind them Read More Related Articles Ramadan 2021 - How to calculate your Zakat and what date to pay it Dr Farzana Hussain said: "Getting an injection does not break the fast as it’s not nutrition and so there is absolutely no reason why you shouldn’t have it if you are eligible and have been invited for your Covid-19 vaccine and those scheduled for their second dose, should take it. “The Quran says saving your life is the most important thing: to save one life is to save the whole of humanity. It’s a responsibility of a practising Muslim to take their vaccine." The British Islamic Medical Association, an affiliate of the Muslim Council of Britain, has issued specific advice, recommending the vaccine and insisting it is okay to have during Ramadan as it is not nutritional, nor does it contain any animal or foetal products. Full ingredient lists are published by the MHRA. Read More Related Articles Ramadan 2021 moon sighting - when start date expected with crescent visibility Read More Related Articles Can you drink water during Ramadan? How to keep your fast Dr Hussain said: “Numerous studies have proven that the vaccine is safe and effective with minimal side effects. Anyone concerned about requiring painkillers should remember that while side effects are unlikely, breaking the fast to take medication is allowed during Ramadan if you are unwell, regardless of the cause. “Vaccination clinics are also extending their hours in response to make the vaccine as accessible as possible to everyone. "The Covid-19 vaccine could help save your life so it is vital you don’t delay your appointment when invited.” Read More Related Articles Eid 2021 festival in Birmingham park cancelled over Covid rules Read More Related Articles Major changes to Ramadan 2021 as mosques announce Covid restrictions on prayers Imam Yunus Dudhwala, Head of Chaplaincy Barts Health NHS Trust, said: “This Ramadan will continue to be different. The vast majority of scholars have deemed taking the vaccine whilst fasting as permissible and stated that it does not break the fast. “The experts have stated that the Covid-19 vaccine is effective and the best way of protecting yourself and your loved ones.
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. “If you have concerns about the vaccine, please talk to a healthcare professional and make an informed decision. I would like to extend my best wishes to all, especially my colleagues working in the NHS, for the month of Ramadan."
The Covid-19 vaccination centre at Green Lane Masjid & Community Centre, Small Heath, Birmingham
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The NHS last month revealed its blueprint to tackle vaccine hesitancy, spearheaded by director of primary care Dr Nikki Kanani, which detailed efforts on encouraging uptake among ethnic minorities. This includes engaging with community and faith leaders, translating materials into 20 languages and reaching communities with pop-up clinics and in places of worship, including mosques such as those in Finsbury Park, Croydon and Brent, with Islamic scholars including Sheikh Mohammed Mahmoud OBE of East London Mosque and Imam Qari Asim, chairman of the Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board supporting the call to get the Muslim community vaccinated. Dr Nikki Kanani, GP and national medical director for primary care said: "The largest vaccination programme in NHS history has been a huge success since its inception but we must continue to challenge misinformation and advocate the vaccine as being entirely appropriate to have during Ramadan. "It is vital that people of all faiths feel able to come forward and get the vaccine."
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Vaccine Deployment Minister Nadhim Zahawi said: "Vaccines are the best way to protect people from Coronavirus and are already saving thousands of lives and we want to make sure everybody can get a vaccine when it’s their turn - including those fasting this Ramadan. "I know how important it is for people to be able to observe Ramadan as they would like so the government is working closely with local authorities, charities, faith and community groups to ensure people get the best advice and information about the COVID-19 vaccine, including on getting it. "Vaccines are crucial in our fight against the virus and they help keep us and our loved ones safe, while enabling us to safely progress back to normal life." This builds on the highly successful NHS campaigns supported by BBC’s Adil Ray and Bake Off star Nadiya Hussain. There was a sharp increase in uptake of around 20% among Asian, and Bangladeshi communities in particular, from late February as a result.
Almost 27 million people have been vaccinated since the launch of the largest vaccination programme in the history of the NHS last December. The NHS made history when 90-year-old Maggie Keenan was the first recipient in the world outside a clinical trial of a Pfizer vaccine at Coventry Hospital on 8 December 2020. Brian Pinker, 82, was the first person to be vaccinated with the Oxford/AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine on January 4, 2021 by the NHS in the city where the jab was created.
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