Taking a COVID-19 vaccine injection will not break a Muslim’s fast during Ramadan, according to the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs.

The vaccine does not break the fast because it is taken intramuscularly and not orally, nor is it nutritious.

Based on this, the committee said that it is permissible to take the vaccine against the virus (COVID-19)… If the fasting person needs to take it during  Ramadan, this does not break his fast, because the injections are taken under the skin, intramuscularly.

In addition, registration for vaccination has begun for Imams, muezzins and other staff of the mosques.

According to the Chair of the National Health Strategic Group on COVID-19 who is also the Head of Infectious Diseases at Hamad Medical Corporation, Dr Abdullatif Al Khal, he is hoping that everyone will be keen to get the vaccine before Ramadan if they are among the eligible groups for the COVID-19 vaccine.

He said that the holy month of Ramadan must be used to accelerate the pace of vaccinations to cover a larger portion of the population.

At present, Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines are administered in Qatar. The Ministry of Public Health announced that at least 510,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered since the start of the COVID-19 National Vaccination Program in Qatar, with more than 14,000 doses being administered daily.

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