Thank you for all you are doing to keep your community safe from Covid-19. We have put together important messages about Covid-19 and how to continue to keep people and communities safe during Ramadan.
Covid-19 is still circulating and it is still possible to catch and spread the virus. It is spread by physical contact with others and from infected surfaces/touchpoints such as doorhandles.
People from an ethnic background are at higher risk of catching the virus and developing serious disease. Working in a job that has regular contact with lots of different people also increases the risk of catching the virus. These risks are real and many people have lost family and friends to this highly contagious disease.
For these reasons we urge everyone to:
During Ramadan – please be assured that you can take a Covid-19 test and you can receive the Covid-19 vaccination without breaking the fast.
There is no need to delay your vaccination if your appointment date falls during Ramadan.
The vaccination is given into the muscle and does not have any nutritional value so therefore doesn’t nullify the fast. Most people experience side effects which are usually mild. If you experience them and feel the need to use medication to manage them the rule of not being able to fast due to illness applies.
There is more information, advice and resources from the BIMA.
Other important matters to make people aware of:
Travel – there are restrictions on where you can travel internationally and what happens when you return. There is a list of countries, called red countries, from which travel is restricted and those arriving from those countries need to quarantine in a government approved hotel for 10 days. Further information from the UK Government.
From 9 April 2021 Pakistan and Bangladesh have been added to the list.