Covid-19 vaccine is safe to take
Wednesday, January 27, 2021
We understand that there is a lot of anxiety around the safety of the vaccines. The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines are safe and effective. They will give you the best protection against coronavirus. The NHS will not offer any Covid-19 vaccinations to the public until independent experts have signed off that it is safe to do so. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, the official UK regulator, have said these vaccines are safe and highly effective, and we have full confidence in their expert judgement and processes. As with any medicine, vaccines are highly regulated products. There are checks at every stage in the development and manufacturing process, and continued monitoring once it has been authorised and is being used in the wider population.
Three vaccines have been approved for use in the UK and they have all met strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness set out by the MHRA. Any coronavirus vaccine that is approved must go through all the clinical trials and safety checks all other licensed medicines go through. The UK has some of the highest safety standards in the world, and although clinical trials have been carried out more rapidly than they have for other vaccines, this has been achieved by conducting some of the steps in parallel rather than sequentially and vaccine safety has not been compromised.
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However, some communities may have specific concerns which should be taken into consideration when delivering messages about the vaccine. The MHRA information and that of the British Board of Imams and Scholars suggest that all three vaccines are suitable for the Muslim community. None of the vaccines contain any animal derivative or any other substance that would contravene halal guidance for Muslims.
The Council for Mosques has also followed international debates, consulted with GPs, health professionals, and held discussions with local community leaders and Islamic Scholars. They have concluded that none of the three currently approved vaccines contain any animal fats or egg bi-products and therefore can be taken by Muslims. The British Islamic Medical Association are running free webinars
on debunking myths surrounding the COVID-19 Vaccine.
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