Vice President Ma’ruf Amin confirmed that non-halal vaccines are permissible during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It is permitted to use vaccines although they are not halal during an emergency. However, there must be a permit issued by the MUI (Indonesian Ulema Council),” said Ma’ruf via video recording published on the Presidential Secretariat’s YouTube channel on Friday, October 16, 2020.
Ma’ruf recalled that it was similar to the meningitis vaccine. “Take the meningitis vaccine, for example, it turns out there is a non-halal version of the antibody, but if people are not injected with the vaccine, it will be dangerous. So it is permissible even when it is not halal,” said the MUI non-active chairman.
The MUI has reportedly departed to China to inspect the halal status of the COVID-19 vaccine that will be imported to Indonesia. “MUI is carrying out a halal audit at a vaccine factory in mainland China,” the VP added.
Indonesia has so far teamed up with two China-based companies, Sinovac and Sinopharm, for the vaccine procurement. MUI was involved in the planning, procurement, halal determination, up to the audit process of the vaccine in the factory.
“MUI will continue to be involved in disseminating information on COVID-19 vaccination to the public,” Ma’ruf Amin said.