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UK’s drug regulator: No link between alcohol use and the impact of Covid-19 vaccines – Health News

In January, consultants from Drinkaware, which was funded by the beverage industry and founded to help alcoholics, also suggested that there is evidence that heavy drinking could reduce the effectiveness of vaccines used in the UK.

However, the UK Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Authority (MHRA) stated that there was no evidence that alcohol had any effect on vaccine efficacy. In addition, it was stated that such a case was not seen in the data provided by the UK National Institutes of Health (NHS) or vaccine manufacturers.


In the statement made by the MHRA, “There is currently no evidence that drinking alcohol prevents the effectiveness of Covid vaccines. “We recommend everyone who is concerned about this issue to talk to healthcare professionals.”

On the other hand, MHRS’s statement came after intense social media posts by people who were hesitant to vaccinate because of alcohol consumption. Drinkaware’s statement of advising people not to drink two days before vaccination and for two weeks after vaccination has been widely shared recently, leading to confusion about the science behind alcohol and vaccines.

However, prolonged consumption of excessive alcohol is known to suppress the body’s immune system, but this is not linked to reducing the body’s response to vaccines.

According to Dr. Eleanor Gaunt, research assistant at the Roslin Institute of Edinburgh University in Scotland, there are no studies yet investigating the effectiveness of AstraZeneca / Oxforf or Pfizer / BionTech vaccines.


However, in Russia, health experts advised people not to drink alcohol two weeks before or six weeks after their first Sputnik V dose in December. Russian consumer safety agency Rospotrebnadzor President Anna Popova told a radio program that alcohol intake should be stopped at least 2 months before vaccination.

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikovaise recommended that the vaccine, which was administered in two doses 21 days apart, should be avoided for 42 days from alcohol and immunosuppressants in order to provide effective protection. Popova also explained that in addition to alcohol, cigarettes should not be used because smoking irritates the lungs and weakens the immune system.


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