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Thursday, March 4, 2021

Guidelines soon on vaccination during Ramadan


The second phase of vaccinations, involving elderly people, high-risk groups and people with disabilities will begin in April, when Ramadan starts.

NILAI: Guidelines for taking the Covid-19 vaccine during Ramadan are likely to be issued by the end of this month, said minister in the prime minister’s department (religious affairs) Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri.

He said the guidelines were to provide a better understanding among Muslims on taking the vaccine while fasting, as more people are expected to receive the shot in April, which will also mark the beginning of Ramadan this year.

“As we have seen in the fatwas, under the vaccination guidelines during Ramadan, Muslims are allowed to take the vaccine shot. However, we will also issue the official guidelines before Ramadan,” he said.

Zulkifli said this to reporters after officiating the “Yadim Peduli: Musa’adah dan Sanitasi Masjid” programme here today.

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 to be from April to August.

Currently, the first phase of the programme is ongoing nationwide, involving 500,000 frontliners. It started on Feb 24 with Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin becoming the first in the country to receive the vaccine. - FMT

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