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COVID-19 Vaccinations During Ramadan Authorized

April 3, 2021 • 2:54 pm CDT
(Coronavirus Today)

Religious leaders and health officials around the Middle East and North Africa declared that receiving a COVID-19 vaccine anytime during Ramadan will not violate the religious obligation, reported JPost on April 1, 2021.

Sheikh Abdul-Latif al-Derian is reported by the AP on April 2, 2021, to say 'the COVID-19 vaccine is administered intramuscular and won’t spoil the fast.'

It is customary for Muslim adults to fast from dawn to dusk and not violate the religious obligation during Ramadan.

Ramadan is currently scheduled from Monday, April 12 to Tuesday, May 11 in 2021. 

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Muslim calendar and the holy month of fasting. It begins and ends with the appearance of the crescent moon, which can vary globally. Because the Muslim calendar year is shorter than the Gregorian calendar year, Ramadan begins 10–12 days earlier each year, allowing it to fall in every season throughout a 33-year cycle, stated Britannica

On March 30, 2021, Atlanta-based 11Alive researched the question 'Do the COVID-19 vaccines in the USA contain animal products?

No, there are no animal products in the Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines, wrote 11Alive.

The sources for this 11Alive answer are Dr. Aaron Glatt, Rabbi, Epidemiologist, Chair of the Department of Medicine at Mount Sinai South Nassau, and Dr. Nabile Safdar, President of the Islamic Medical Association of North America.

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