etting a coronavirus vaccine during Ramadan will not break the fast observed by Muslims during the religious period, leading Muslim NHS workers have said.

NHS staff and Islamic scholars say observing Ramadan should not stop anyone from getting a jab.

Ramadan will this year take place between April 12 and May 12, with Muslims fasting during daylight hours.

Some vaccination sites will stay open later so Muslims can get vaccinated after breaking their fast in the evening.

But Dr Farzana Hussain, a Muslim and GP at The Project Surgery in east London, said there is no need for those adhering to a fast to avoid daylight hours.

She 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 Koran 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.”

She added that people concerned about experiencing side effects should remember that breaking the fast to take medication if they fell unwell is also permitted.

Imam Yunus Dudhwala, head of chaplaincy at 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. I ask my Muslim brothers and sisters to consider taking the vaccine when called.

Dr Nikki Kanani, GP and national medical director for primary care, said the vaccine is “entirely appropriate to have during Ramadan”.

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