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COVID vaccine will not invalidate fasting: Grand Mufti – Saudi Arabia

RIYADH: Coronavirus vaccine while fasting in the month of holy Ramadan is permissible as it will not invalidate the fast, says Sheikh Abdulaziz al-Sheikh – the Grand Mufti of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Explaining the verity of the recent fatwa, the 77-year-old head of senior Religious Scholars said the coronavirus jab does not invalidate the fasting individual as it only stimulates the immune system against a specific disease, and is not considered as food and drink. Also, the vaccine is administered intramuscularly, but not orally [being non-nutritious], he further added.

The startling fatwa announced ahead of the holy month of Ramadan, which will start in the second week of April. It is pertinent to mention that the Gulf country launched the Covid drive back in mid-December and more than 2.6 million doses had been administered in the Kingdom to date.

On the other hand, UAE physicians have also allowed inoculating the residents during fasting. It is completely safe to get the jab while fasting, the statement further stated. Adding that, fasting for a limited number of hours can be beneficial for some as it even increases immunity.


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