According to NST, Muslims in the country are allowed to receive the Covid-19 injection during Ramadan month as it will not invalidate the compulsory fasting. The holy month of Ramadan is expected to start from 13 April to 13 May 2021.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs) Dr Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri noted that the decision was made in a special meeting held by the Muzakarah (discussion) Committee of the National Council for Islamic Religious Affairs two months ago.
He said the Covid-19 vaccination is permissible during the fasting month as decided by the fatwa council.
“The whole world now allows (vaccination during Ramadan) and most recently we received a view from the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia (Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh) who noted the need to be vaccinated even in Ramadan and that it does not break the fast,” he said yesterday (23 March).
Zulkifli said the view of the grand mufti is in line with the view of the country’s fatwa council too.
Just last week, Coordinating Minister for Covid-19 Immunisation Khairy Jamaluddin said that nearly 300,000 people in Malaysia have been vaccinated.
“Based on the breakdown of the 292,104 people who have been vaccinated as of March 13, they comprise 23.86 per cent nurses, 22.23 per cent doctors and 23.4 per cent other healthcare workers such as medical assistants, X-ray specialists and ambulance drivers.
“Another 21.33 per cent are front-line workers from the armed forces, police, civil defence force, Rela (volunteer corps) and Customs officers, among others,” he said.
Malaysia hopes to achieve herd immunity against Covid-19 once it has inoculated 80 per cent of its 32 million population by February next year.