Getting vaccinated during Ramadan

12 Apr 2022

Last weekend marked the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan when Muslims do not eat or drink during daylight hours for 30 days. This is 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.

If you are fasting during Ramadan and have not had your Covid-19 vaccine yet, it is safe to get the jab and now would be a good time as people start to meet and come together again. 

Dr Imran Choudhury, Director of Public Health, London Borough of Sutton, explains:

“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 any 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 to 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.

To find your nearest walk-in site, please visit the national grab jab website or visit the south west London CCG website.

These sites have useful information on the holy month of Ramadan, Covid-19 and the vaccines.