Being Muslim and the Covid Vaccine
Hi, my name is Adam, I am a young, Muslim Asian male and have been a care and support worker in a domiciliary care service for three years.
I am British born and spent most of my youth growing in a predominantly Asian area. In my experience and having spoken to several people within my peer group, I have found that misinformation has led to some people in my community having a negative view of the vaccine.
A lot of people I know have not undertaken their own research when it comes to vaccines and immunisation, and a lot of myths around immunity and how the vaccine works are all too commonly repeated. It’s easy, particularly for young men to feel they are invincible and do not need the vaccine, but I’ve seen first-hand the effects of this terrible virus.
I have not had any symptoms or had a positive COVID-19 result, but my views are completely different and I’m looking forward to getting my vaccine. It can’t give us COVID-19, but it teaches our immune system to fight the virus. Some people can experience mild side effects from the vaccine, but these are not as severe or dangerous as catching COVID-19 can be. Even if you have already had COVID-19, it is important to still get the vaccine to reduce the risk of reinfection.
After carrying out my own research I have found that there are no issues regarding the vaccine in terms of my religious beliefs and the British Islamic Medical Association recommend the COVID-19 vaccine for eligible individuals in the Muslim community.
More importantly if I could send a message to carers in my community, I would say: We should not only have the vaccine for ourselves but so we can continue to be there for the vulnerable people in our community and our loved ones.
If you are a frontline social care worker and you haven’t had your vaccine yet, you can now book an appointment through the National Booking Service or by calling 119.