Alcohol should be ‘strongly’ avoided after Covid-19 vaccine, warns expert

Alcohol consumption should be avoided after receiving the Covid vaccine, according to an expert.

The substance could dampen the impact of the vaccine if consumed after, warns a Russian scientist.

The warning comes amid plans for coronavirus vaccination clinics to open in England, with GPs giving out the Pfizer/BioNTech jab in hundreds of different locations.

Although health officials in the UK have not mentioned the effects of alcohol on the vaccine, the Russian scientist involved in the development of the Sputnik V vaccine has given a stark warning.

He said he "strongly" advises against it for any jab.

Dr Alexander Gintsburg, head of the Gamaleya National Center of Epidemiology and Microbiology in Moscow, told New Scientist : “We strongly recommend refraining from alcohol for three days after each injection.”

Russian officials have advised citizens to go easy on the booze.

Dr Gintsburg claimed: “It is important to understand that excessive alcohol consumption can significantly reduce immunity and therefore reduce the effectiveness of vaccination or even make it meaningless."

He added heavy alcohol can "suppress antibodies."

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“Moreover, this is true not only for Sputnik V, but also for any other vaccine", Dr Gintsburg said, reports The Sun.

The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine will be delivered to GP practices at more than 100 locations across the country.

They will inoculate those aged 80 and over, along with care home workers and residents.

Vaccination centres will also be run from doctors' surgeries and community hubs in villages, towns and cities.

However, NHS bosses have warned Prime Minister Boris Johnson that a relaxation of England’s tier system over Christmas could result in a third wave of cases.

Sarah Gilbert, professor of vaccinology at Oxford University, said the US has seen a surge in infections and deaths after people celebrated Thanksgiving.

She believes a similar rise in the UK could also affect the vaccination roll-out.

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