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No evidence that drinking alcohol affects Covid vaccine, say experts
There is no evidence that drinking alcohol after receiving a Covid vaccine will affect the level of protection it offers.
In January, advisers to the alcohol education charity Drinkaware suggested that some evidence showed drinking, particularly in large amounts, could interfere with the bodys ability to build immunity in response to some vaccines.
Some people then claimed on social media that they had been advised not to drink after receiving their first or second dose of the jab.
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has now said there is nothing linking alcohol to the efficacy of Covid vaccines.
A spokeswoman for the MHRA said: ‘There is currently no evidence that drinking alcohol interferes with the efficacy of the Covid-19 vaccines. We would advise anyone concerned about this to talk to their healthcare professional.’
Concerns over drinking and being vaccinated have also been raised in the US. It is thought the worries originated from Russia, where an official warned that alcohol could hinder the body’s ability to develop immunity against Covid.
Ilhem Messaoudi, director of the Center for Virus Research at the University of California, said heavy alcohol consumption generally impair the body’s immune response, making the person more vulnerable to infection.
She continued: ‘If you are truly a moderate drinker, then theres no risk of having a drink around the time of your vaccine.
‘But be very cognizant of what moderate drinking really means. Its dangerous to drink large amounts of alcohol because the effects on all biological systems, including the immune system, are pretty severe and they occur pretty quickly after you get out of that moderate zone.’
So-far in the UK, there have been more than 50 million doses of Covid vaccines delivered, with more than 15.5 million people now fully vaccinated.
Welcoming the number of second injections this week, Boris Johnson said: ‘Thank you to everyone who has made this possible. Please keep coming forward to get your jabs to give yourself maximum protection from the virus.’
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