GP surgeries have been asked to show flexibility to ensure patients can rearrange Covid-19 vaccinations.

Health care professionals advise that the jab is safe for people who are observing a religious festival, such as Ramadan.

But anyone unwell should wait until they have fully recovered before having it.

With Ramadan starting this week, many people who follow the Muslim faith in the Vale of York will be fasting.

While the Muslim Council of Britain has confirmed that the vaccine can still be administered during the fast, people could be experiencing low energy and hydration levels.

Patients may wish to rearrange the date of their first or second vaccination, having it outside of Ramadan, if concerned about the mild side effects of the vaccine.

Side effects caused by the vaccine are much less serious than developing the virus or complications associated with it and usually go away within a few days.

Azhar Iqbal, treasurer of the York Muslim Association, said: "We are keen to support the efforts of the vaccine programme. This kind offer is welcomed by everyone who will be fasting during the holy month of Ramadan and much appreciated."

Vaccination remains the most effective form of protection against the virus. Having both doses increases the effectiveness of the vaccine and reduces the spread of Covid-19.

Anyone experiencing symptoms of the virus should not attend a vaccination appointment and instead should self-isolate and book a test immediately.

Dr Nigel Wells, clinical chair of NHS Vale of York CCG, said: "We encourage all of our patients to have the vaccine, but we also understand that some people may need to rearrange their appointment. It's our goal to vaccinate everyone who is eligible, so we have taken this step to create a more accessible patient experience."

To rearrange a vaccination, contact your GP surgery as soon as possible.

Councillor Carol Runciman, City of York Council executive member for health and social care, said: “It has been fantastic to see the number of people answering the call, rolling up their sleeves and getting a vaccine in York. They are safe and effective and making a real impact in the fight against coronavirus.

"We want to make the experience as easy as possible and I would encourage everyone to have the vaccine when they can and are eligible.”