Vaccines and Ramadan

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As Ramadan begins in the middle of April, there has been some concern that receiving a vaccine could be considered breaking fast, or that it may not be halal. 

NRC-RIM and partners have created a series of videos and other resources about Ramadan and COVID-19 vaccines featuring faith leaders addressing potential questions or concerns from members of Muslim communities. 

Imam Wazir
English | Amharic | Arabic
Harari | Oromo | Somali | Tigrinya


Dr. Ashgan Elshinawy

Sheikh Mohammad Elshinawy
English | Arabic

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These talking points / video script was developed by the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in collaboration with Imam Wazir of Atlanta, Georgia. Community-based organizations may consider creating audio or video messages featuring faith leaders addressing potential questions or concerns from members of Muslim communities about COVID-19 vaccines and Ramadan. Learn more about creating your own video.

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Facts about vaccines being halal, not containing animal products, and not changing DNA are all available in the languages of communities for whom these topics are particularly relevant. Download these social media assets in Arabic, Dari, Farsi, Pashto, Rohingya, Somali and Urdu. Audio files of the facts are available in Pashto and Rohingya.

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A series of facts that can be posted to social media, including facts about the vaccine being halal, are available in several languages: Arabic | Burmese | Dari | English | French | Karen | Kinyarwanda | Lingala | Nepali | Pashto | Russian | Spanish | Swahili (Congolese) | Tigrinya | Ukrainian

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Part of the Get the Facts campaign is a series of social media assets that offer facts about the COVID-19 vaccine. These are available in Amharic, English, Oromo, Portuguese, Somali, and Spanish with many more on the way. For customizable templates, fact sheets, Audio PSAs and more, visit the Get the Facts page.

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Vaccine Campaign Partnerships with Faith-Based Organizations

Faith-based organizations frequently play an integral role within communities. Select this promising practice to learn more about involving faith-based organizations in vaccine campaigns.

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COVID Champions: Trusted Faith Leaders

A COVID-19 Champion is someone who helps disseminate accurate information on public health and safety, local support services, and their own experiences relating to COVID-19 to specific communities, including related to COVID-19 vaccines.

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Outreach to Faith-Based Organizations During COVID-19

Faith-based organizations provide social and spiritual connections and play a critical role in providing and supporting social services within communities. Read these tips on how to connect and collaborate with faith-based organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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