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A prayer room was set up for Ramadan in the Moscone Center in San Francisco.

Waiting for a vaccine can sometimes take some time.

As a result, the San Francisco Health Department, along with District 6 Supervisor Matt Haney and Human Rights Officer and Interfaith Councilor Hala Hijazi, decided to open prayer rooms at high volume vaccination sites during Ramadan for Muslims who fast and pray during their Most Holy Month .

“Justice and access to critical services for underserved and vulnerable populations have increased confidence in our various communities and the city,” Hijazi said in a statement. “Whether we provide food vouchers for the residents of the Filet or safe places to be vaccinated and prayed in during these troubled times, we meet the needs of our communities where they live, work, play and pray.”

Dr. Grant Colfax said he hoped the prayer rooms help “remove barriers to entry that might prevent members of the Muslim community from being vaccinated”.

The two locations where the prayer rooms will be set up are the SF Market in the Bayview neighborhood and the Moscone Center.

People in line can only step back a minute to pray, hold their place in line, break their fast, and drink water.

Islamic leaders have used social media, virtual town halls, and face-to-face discussions to publicize that it is acceptable to be vaccinated against the coronavirus during your daily fast.

The vaccine discussion focuses on whether vaccination equates to the forbidden act of ingesting something while fasting.

This is not the case, according to leading Islamic authorities, including the highest cleric in Saudi Arabia, Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz Al Sheikh, and the supreme religious leader of Sunni Islam in Lebanon, Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul-Latif Derian. Both have said that getting the coronavirus vaccine isn’t breaking the fast.

Ramadan ends on May 12th.

The prayer rooms are open to all faiths, are open to the public and are supplied with prayer rugs. They’re also big enough to allow for social distancing.

San Francisco, home to approximately 7,000 Muslims, modeled its policies and best practices to provide Muslims with access to vaccines during Ramadan from a program run by the New York Human Rights Commission.

In other parts of the world, governments also took in Muslims.

In Berlin, Muslims were able to get vaccinated in front of the Dar-as-Salam mosque in the Neukölln district before entering the prayer room of the mosque.

During Ramadan, the Commissioner for Integration and Migration made sure that a team of doctors will give advice in different languages ​​during Friday prayers in front of several mosques over the next few weeks.

A prayer room was set up for Ramadan in the Moscone Center in San Francisco.

San Francisco offers prayer rugs at some vaccination sites.

) Devout Muslims are tested for corona in front of the Dar-as-Salam mosque in the Neukölln district before they enter the prayer room. Photo by Wolfgang Kumm / Image Alliance via Getty Images)

The Associated Press contributed to this report.