Are there any animal products (including pork) in the mRNA or viral vector vaccines COVID-19 vaccines?

Question: 

Are there any animal products (including pork) in the mRNA or viral vector vaccines COVID-19 vaccines?

Answer: 

Animal and human cell cultures may be used in the process of making mRNA or viral vector COVID-19 vaccines, but the vaccines do not contain animal or human cells or tissue. The purification process removes nearly all of the cell components so that only trace amounts of DNA and protein may be present in the vaccine. 

  • Watch this video as Dr. Ayesha Raza, Family Physician and Women’s Health Specialist at the Centre Francophone de Toronto, explains that the COVID-19 vaccines authorized in Canada do not contain pork or pork products. 
  • Watch this video as Dr. Ayesha Raza, Family Physician and Women’s Health Specialist at the Centre Francophone de Toronto, explains that, yes, COVID-19 vaccines are considered Halal. 

 

 

Date last reviewed: 
Friday, May 20, 2022