Covid-19 UK: Drinking alcohol does not affect vaccine effectiveness, regulator says

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The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) today said there is no evidence alcohol has any effect on vaccine efficacy, after conflicting reports on social media.
Drinking alcohol does not interfere with how effective Covid vaccines are, the UK regulator has said.

Social media reports say people should abstain from alcohol up to two weeks after their vaccination to ensure the best immune response.

And in January advisers to alcohol education charity Drinkaware, which is funded by industry, suggested there was evidence heavy drinking may interfere with the body's response to vaccines used in the UK.

But the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) today said there is no evidence alcohol has any effect on vaccine efficacy.

There is also nothing in the patient information leaflets from the NHS or the vaccine manufacturers to suggest such a link.

Drinking alcohol does not interfere with how effective Covid vaccines are, the MHRA has said. Pictured: People enjoy a drink in the rain on Bank Holiday Monday at the Shoulder of Mutton pub in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire

The MHRA, which polices the safety of drugs in the UK, said: 'There is currently no evidence that drinking alcohol interferes with the efficacy of the Covid vaccines.

'We would advise anyone concerned about this to talk to their healthcare professional.'

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