Spokesperson for the COVID-19 vaccination at the Ministry of Health (Kemenkes), dr. Siti Nadia Tarmizi emphasized that vaccination will continue during the fasting month. This activity continues to be carried out and will still pay attention to the condition of Muslims who observe fasting.
Fatwa of the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) Number 13 of 2021 concerning the COVID-19 Vaccination Law states that vaccination does not invalidate fasting, and may be carried out on fasting Muslims. The fatwa was recommended by the MUI so that the government could vaccinate during the month of Ramadan to prevent the transmission of COVID-19.
In terms of health, fasting functions to detoxify the body, so that it is beneficial for health. It is also believed that giving the COVID-19 vaccine while fasting will also have no effect on the condition of the body during fasting.
There is no need for any special preparations that must be made before vaccination which is carried out in the fasting month. However, always remember to get enough rest and don’t skip meals before fasting.
Dr. Siti Nadia Tarmizi explained, “There is no special preparation for people who are fasting to receive vaccinations. This means that we really have to get enough rest, don’t forget sahur. If there are systemic symptoms such as dizziness and nausea, you can rest immediately,”