Is the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine Halal?
The UK Government has today (8 January 2021) authorised the Covid-19 vaccine developed by Moderna. Further to your Fatwas on the Pfizer BioNTech and Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines, can you confirm if the Moderna vaccine is Halal to take?
بسم الله الرحمن الرحیم
The Moderna vaccine is Halal based on the information available to us.
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), which is a UK Government agency, has confirmed to us via email that the Moderna vaccine does not contain any components of animal origin or alcohol. They have also confirmed that foetal cell lines are not used in its production. Their response states, “mRNA vaccines are made from DNA template in a lab, rather than the traditional method of being made in cells. The vaccine is then synthetically produced.”
Please note that this answer is specific to the Moderna vaccine based on its current ingredients. Please also note that this answer is regarding the Islamic permissibility of the use of this vaccine. The decision to use the vaccine is a personal decision for each individual to make. Individuals should read the patient information leaflet to understand the benefits and risks, and potential side-effects, and also discuss with medical professionals should they require further information.
Allah knows best
23 Jumādā al-Ūlā 1442 / 8 January 2021
Approved by: Mufti Shabbir Ahmed, Mufti Muhammad Tahir and Dr Kallingal Riyad
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