Vaccination guidelines during Ramadhan by end-March

by BERNAMA / pic by BLOOMBERG

GUIDELINES for taking the Covid-19 vaccine during Ramadhan are expected to be issued by the end of this month, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs) Datuk Seri Dr Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri.

He said the guidelines will provide a better understanding among Muslims on taking the vaccine while fasting, as the public is expected to receive the shot this April, which is the beginning of Ramadan this year.

“As we have seen in the fatwas, vaccination during Ramadhan is allowed in terms of taking the vaccine shot. However, our official guidelines will be issued before Ramadhan,” he said.

Zulkifli said this to reporters after officiating the “Yadim Peduli: Musaadah dan Sanitasi Masjid” programme yesterday.

The second phase of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme involving senior citizens aged 65 and above, high-risk groups, as well as persons with disabilities, all involving some 9.4 million people, is expected from April to August.

Currently, the first phase of the programme is ongoing nationwide, involving 500,000 frontliners, since it started on Feb 24, with the Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin becoming the first individual in the country to receive the vaccine.