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Islamic leader says Muslims can get vaccinated during Ramadan


Detroit will administer the one-shot Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine at several neighborhood locations next week.

Eight sites, including Henry Ford High School, Brenda Scott Academy, and Cass Tech High School will be open for one day of inoculations.

Sufian Nabhan is the Executive Director of the Islamic Center of Detroit, which is participating in the program. He says practicing Muslims should not hesitate to get vaccinated during Ramadan, which begins next week.

“Our scholars determined that getting vaccination while you are fasting is OK. It will not break your fast. So please get vaccinated.”

City officials say appointments can be scheduled through the Detroit Health Department’s vaccine hotline. They say getting vaccinated is even more important now, because the city is seeing a spike in COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations.