Two leading Muslim figures working in the NHS have joined other medical leaders and Islamic scholars and said Ramadan should not stop people from having their Covid-19 vaccination.

Imam Yunus Dudhwala, Head of Chaplaincy at Barts Health NHS Trust and Dr Farzana Hussain, a senior GP confirmed the vaccination does not break the fast observed by Muslims during daylight hours over Ramadan.

The British Islamic Medical Association has issued specific advice, recommending the vaccine and insisting it is okay to have during Ramadan. Some NHS vaccination sites across England are extending their opening hours so Muslims can receive the jab after they have eaten, making it easier for people to find a convenient slot.