.The East Java chapter of the Ulema council on Monday said the vaccine was halal when it was administered to some of its members. It did not say why it had been deemed halal.Misbakhul Munir, a 57-year-old member of the Nahdlatul Ulama in East Java, said he welcomed the AstraZeneca vaccine, but laments the mixed messages about it.
AdvertisementAdvertisement"I strongly dislike the ambiguous decision," he said of the halal status."I'll just adhere to what the local council said."Indonesia gave the go-ahead to use the AstraZeneca vaccine on Friday after European experts found no link between the vaccine and reports of blood clots among some its recipients in Europe.
Siti Nadia Tarmizi, a senior Indonesian health ministry official, told Reuters about 100 religious figures in East Java had received COVID-19 vaccines on Tuesday, either those of AstraZeneca or Sinovac Biotech.She added there's been no vocal opposition to the AstraZeneca vaccine. headtopics.com
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