Advice for people who follow the Sikh faith
- In Punjabi: Sikh Alliance of Yorkshire with NHS show Kulwant getting her COVID-19 vaccine
- In Punjabi: Sikh Alliance of Yorkshire with NHS shows Kulwant talk about the importance of having the COVID-19 vaccine
Advice for people who follow the Muslim faith
Both vaccines do not contain any animal product or egg. Please see below further information and advice from local Imams, mosques and national bodies.
- Qari Asim, Imam of Makkah Mosque has written this blog, as well recording two videos – one in English and one in Urdu
- Leeds Grand Mosque has issued a religious ruling (fatwa) to confirm that the vaccine is permissible within the Islamic faith
- Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board (MINAB) Friday sermon (khutbah) text for mosques
- Information produced by the British Islamic Medical Association (BIMA) – this includes BIMA position statement on the Pfizer BioNTech and Oxford AstraZeneca vaccines, myths and webinars which BIMA have taken part in about the COVID-19 vaccine
- Siphelile Williams is a proud Learning Disabilities Nurse and a proud Muslim woman. Watch her video as she talks about why the Covid19 vaccine is suitable for her and people of Islamic faith, as well as vegetarians and vegans.
Information about COVID-19 vaccine and Ramadan
- Information from the British Islamic Medical Association about fasting and COVID-19 vaccine
- Vaccine and Ramadan guidance produced by the Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board
Facebook Live session: Thursday 25 March 2021
We’ve also taken snippets from our Facebook Live session which people may want to watch:
- Will having the COVID-19 vaccine break my fast during Ramadan? (2 minutes and 40 seconds)
- Should I cancel my appointment to have the COVID-19 vaccine after Ramadan? (1 minute and 40 seconds)
- Dr Najeeb Rahman on wearing PPE, and its effects, during Ramadan (2 minutes and 31 seconds)
- Qari Asim talks about duty as a Muslim to share correct information about COVID-19 and vaccines (3 minutes and 14 seconds)
- Can lateral flow tests invalidate my fast? Dr Henna Anwar and Qari Asim answer this question (2 minutes and 45 seconds)
- Can the side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine break my fast during Ramadan? (2 minutes and 8 seconds)
- Will the COVID-19 vaccine affect my fertility? Dr Henna Anwar, GP Registrar, answers this question (1 minute and 35 seconds)
- Will the COVID-19 vaccine change my DNA? Dr Henna Anwar, GP Registrar, answers this question (45 seconds)
- Are the COVID-19 vaccines safe? Dr Najeeb Rahman answers this question (1 minute and 46 seconds)
- How were the COVID-19 vaccines developed so quickly? Dr Henna Anwar answers this question (2 minutes and 16 seconds)
COVID-19 testing and vaccination during Ramadan
Muslim Doctors Association and the NHS Race & Health Observatory have produced a diagram with key points relating to the uptake of testing and vaccination during Ramadan.
Advice for people who follow the Hindu faith
Both vaccines do not contain any animal product or egg. Neasden Temple has produced a video in Gujarati to explain the facts about coronavirus, providing reassurance on the safety and efficacy of the vaccine.
For followers of the Jewish faith
The Conference of European Rabbis have released position statements on the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.
Advice for people of Black African and Caribbean heritage
- Dr Omon Imohi, an NHS GP, addresses concerns and misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccines.
- Radio advert on Fresh FM
Advice for all faiths
- In this video Faith leaders from Leeds share their messages about the importance of having the COVID-19 vaccine when invited.
- Famous faces from across Britain’s ethnic minority communities; Romesh Ranganathan, Adil Ray, Moeen Ali, Meera Syal and many more have fronted a new video campaign to encourage take-up of the coronavirus vaccine
- Produced by The Runnymede Trust, this video features leaders from a number of faiths and BAME community leaders addressing concerns about the COVID-19 vaccine, misinformation and urging people to take the vaccine when it is offered to them.