Vaccinating students during Ramadaan

Question: All praise be to Allaah Alone and peace and blessings be upon the servant and Messenger of Allaah, our Prophet Muhammad, and upon his family and Companions!

The Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Iftaa’ read question no. 11/2704 that was sent in 29/8/1410 A.H. to the Chairman of the Permanent Committee by the General Manager of Education in Riyadh. This question was referred to the Permanent Committee by the General Secretariat of the Council of Senior Scholars under the number 5010 in 2/9/1410 A.H. The text of the question is:

We would like to inform you that the school health care units will launch a campaign, In-Shaa’-Allaah (if Allaah wills), to vaccinate students in the primary and secondary schools against meningitis in preparation for the season of Hajj (pilgrimage) this year. This campaign will be launched because of the circulated notice no. 32/148 that has been released in 8/8/1410 A.H. by the under-secretary of the Ministry of Education in response to the circulated notice no. 19/1184 that has been issued in 15/7/1410 A.H. by the under-secretary of the Ministry of Health.

Please inform us whether it is possible to carry out this campaign during Ramadaan and whether or not the inoculation will have any effect upon Sawm (Fast).

Answer: After studying the subject, the Committee finds that there is no problem in doing so. However, it would be better to do so during the night if it is more here.