Health and social care organisations in Derbyshire have been working closely together for some time, to improve care and services for people and make them as efficient and effective as possible.
What is in this community communication toolkit?
Who is this community communication toolkit for?
This communication toolkit entails the key messages for Ramadan in line with medical guidance from Muslim medical experts and scholars. We have developed this informative toolkit, with social media assets, leaflets, guidance and videos from local imams for you to share with the local Muslim community for Ramadan 2021. We want to encourage vaccination uptake and dispel common myths regarding the COVID-19 vaccination, and need your support to do this.
Key messages for community conversations
Community questions and answers
Can I take the COVID-19 vaccination while fasting?
The British Muslim Council has confirmed that receiving the COVID-19 vaccines currently licensed in the UK will not invalidate the fast. Therefore, individuals should not delay their Covid-19 vaccinations on the account of Ramadan.
What ingredients does the vaccine contain?
The British Islamic Medical Association and MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency) confirms the Pfizer/BioNTech and Oxford/ AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccinations does not contain animal ingredients and has less ethanol content than a slice of bread or banana.
You can read the British Islamic Medical Association position statement on the Pfizer/BioNTech and Oxford/ AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccinations for further clarification.
You can find the list of ingredients for Pfizer/BioNTech and Oxford/ AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccinations.
Are there any side-effects?
Every single vaccine authorised for use in the UK has been authorised by the MHRA and the three components of authorisation are a safety assessment, an effectiveness assessment and a manufacturing quality assessment.
Like all medicines, vaccines can cause side effects. Most of these are mild and short-term, and not everyone gets them. If you experience side-effects as a result of the COVID-19 vaccination while fasting; these will most likely be mild and only last a short while. But, if you become considerably unwell while fasting, the standard Islamic principles of illness/sickness apply in this case. This means include:
You have COVID-19 symptoms, you may need to break/abstain from fasting to ensure hydration and seek further medical attention.
Illness or considerable side effects – If you feel your condition worsens through continuing your fast, the general rules around sickness and illness while fasting applies.
How to access the vaccine in my local community?
Your local community leaders are working closely with the health service to make COVID-19 vaccination clinics more accessible locally. You can find out more information about how to access these through your GP, local pharmacy or by contacting your local vaccination clinic, for e.g. Ikhlas Community Centre in Derby city.
For more information and a full list of frequently asked questions and answers, visit www.JoinedUpCareDerbyshire.co.uk (the site can be translated into different languages) or follow on social media.
Guidance for mosque leaders, imams and organisers
The Muslim Council of Britain have developed this guidance for imams, mosque leaders and organisers on conducting I’tikaf and Taraweeh safely this Ramadan. You can find the council’s Coronavirus information hub here.
You can also find the guidance on tips to re-opening mosques safely that was released in 2020 to support mosques on protecting their congregation and communities.
Local Videos from Imams, medical experts and scholars
[Video] What to expect when going for a COVID-19 vaccination – English
[Video] What to expect when going for a COVID-19 vaccination – Urdu translation
[Video] What to expect when going for a COVID-19 vaccination - Punjabi
Dr Shehla Umer-Imtiaz | Derby GP at Wilson Street Surgery | Get your vaccine
Dr Saquib Irfan | Derby GP at Derby Family Medical Centre | Get your vaccine
Dr Saquib Irfan | Derby GP at Derby Family Medical Centre | Get your vaccine - Urdu
Abdul Rehman – Patient (ex-Councillor)
Aftab Rehman - Pharmacist - Peartree Surgery, Normanton
National Videos from imams, medical experts and scholars
Imam Amar Hafiz has an important message for fellow muslims regarding the COVID-19 vaccinations.
BBC video content in five South Asian languages (Urdu, Punjabi, Tamil, Sylheti and Gujarati)
COVID-19 – tackling disinformation
Social Media Assets
Download these snapshot Q & A images to share with your network across social media and WhatsApp, covering common questions about the COVID-19 vaccination.
BIMA have developed a comprehensive myth-busting social media content pack, which covers the following misconceptions:
You can download the full social media pack in the following languages:
Hands, Face, Space | https://coronavirusresources.phe.gov.uk/Hands-Face-Space-/resources/posters/
Stay alert, Stay safe | https://coronavirusresources.phe.gov.uk/stay-alert-to-stay-safe-/resources/posters/
Derby City Council Ramadan Leaflet 2021
[PDF - A4 Flyer] COVID-19 Patient vaccination journey – English
[PNG - A4 Flyer] COVID-19 Patient vaccination journey – English
[PDF - A4 Flyer] COVID-19 Patient vaccination journey – Urdu translation
[JPG - Social Asset] COVID-19 Patient vaccination journey – Urdu translation
[PDF - A4 Flyer] COVID-19 Patient vaccination journey – Bengali translation
[JPG - Social Asset] COVID-19 Patient vaccination journey – Bengali translation
COVID-19 vaccination - A guide for older adults - Urdu
COVID-19 vaccination - A guide for older adults – English
COVID-19 vaccination – A guide for older adults – Bengali
COVID-19 vaccination – A guide for older adults - Arabic
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