Sheffield's Muslim community encouraged to get Covid-19 vaccine
Sheffield’s Muslim community has been encouraged to get the Covid-19 vaccination as soon as they can, as imams and muftis in the city confirm that it is safe to do so.
This month the first vaccination clinic in a mosque in Yorkshire opened in the Jamia Ghausia Centre on Firth Park Road.
Now, following a number of reports on social media that the vaccines are not halal, community leaders have sought to reassure the public that the rumours are false.
Speaking from the Jamia Ghausia Centre, Mosque Committee member Waheed Nazir said: “This clinic is safe, it’s halal, it has no haram ingredients. So you are good to have it and we are here to allay people’s fears.
“There have been rumours on social media that are totally rubbish. The muftis and the imams have all cleared this for you to have, it’s safe and there are plenty of people here today having it. So get yours as well.”
Sheffield’s Clinical Commissioning Groups is calling for the over 70s to get in touch to arrange their appointments as soon as possible.
Previously people needed to wait to be contacted about their vaccinations, but now those over 70 who have not been vaccinated are encouraged to contact the NHS to arrange a jab.
Dr Nikki Kanani, medical director for primary care at NHS England and a practising GP, said: “If you are aged 70 and over, and haven’t yet received your vaccine, please come forward and make an appointment as soon as you can.
“The vaccine is safe, simple, and will offer you and those around you crucial protection against this virus.”