Religious & Faith Issues

We are mindful that some of our colleagues are hesitant to take the vaccine as they are concerned about what it means in relation to their religion or faith. We are keen to address these concerns and reassure our colleagues. All major faith organisations in the UK are united in support of the vaccine. They have published guidance and statements on the subject which we have provided below


How do I know if the Covid-19 vaccine is suitable for people of my faith?

The approved Covid-19 vaccines are suitable for people of all faiths. They don’t contain any components of animal origin or foetal cells.

The Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine contains a tiny amount of ethanol - less than what you would find in some of your daily groceries like bread. Faith Leaders and Muslim Scholars have said that the vaccine is not Haram.

Faith Organisations Guidance on Vaccines

British Islamic Medical Association provides information and debunks vaccine myths.


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The latest COVID-19 guidance from the Muslim Council of Britain.


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The Church of England has provided information on the vaccine.


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The Hindu Council UK has issued a statement in support of the vaccine.


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A statement on vaccinations from Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales.


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Guidance and resources about the vaccines from Churches Together in England.


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The Hindu Forum of Britain has issued a COVID-19 Vaccine Information Guide.


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An online resource for advice and support from the Jewish Leadership Council.


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