COVID-19 vaccines ‘safe to use while fasting’ during Ramadan: UAE doctors

SourceAl Arabiya

Doctors in the United Arab Emirateshave reassured Muslims that it is safe to be vaccinated against COVID-19 while fasting during Ramadan. The holy month is expected to begin on April 12 or 13, but as the UAE continues to roll-out its nationwide vaccination program, doctors are urging those to continue with their first or second dose of a vaccine as planned. For more coronavirus news, visit our dedicated page. In some cases, fasting can actually help improve immunity, they say. Dr Maisaa al-Sulaiman, a specialist in family medicine at Burjeel Specialty Hospital in Sharjah, said Muslims fasting during the holy month of Ramadan should not be wary about taking inoculations to protect against COVID-19. “Fasting in Ramadan shouldn’t prevent people from taking the vaccine,” she told Al Arabiya English. “It is actually the opposite; scientifically taking the vaccine while fasting is more effective and gives better results.” This is due to a process called autophagy which the doctor explained “is the immune system starting more...