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Is It Okay to Have Alcohol After Your Vaccine? Here’s What Scientists Have to Say

It is safe to say that everyone’s life took a different turn as the pandemic spread across the world. Many people lost their employments, some lost their housing, and others had to pay the price with their life.

Now that the vaccines have started rolling out, there’s this new hope that soon, the world will be able to go back to the way it was. People can soon enjoy meetings with their family and friends without having to worry about social distancing and masks.

Pexels | Though it’s a long journey ahead, widespread vaccine distribution is a start

No Data, No Details

There are a number of vaccines that have been introduced in the market. However, since these vaccines are created over the span of a year, there’s hardly any data that can provide a detailed idea regarding their effectiveness, what to avoid and what not to avoid.

Nevertheless, there are some guidelines given by the Center for Disease Control. For instance, the guideline recommends not taking OTC pain medication such as Tylenol as it has the ability to interfere with the development of the immune system and may result in the vaccine becoming less effective.

Pexels | As of now, scientists are still in the progress of collecting data to rule out any issues regarding the vaccines

The Types of Vaccines

So, in order to understand what is allowed and what is not allowed when it comes to the vaccine, one must first understand how these vaccines work.

1. Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna: These vaccines are based on the Messenger RNA (mRNA) technology which works as an instructor for your immune system to follow and create antibodies against the virus.

2. Johnson & Johnson: This vaccine is different than Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines as it follows a different mechanism. It modifies an existing adenovirus that causes the cold.

This new and modified adenovirus moves into the cell, and the protein gene is read, then copied into mRNA, and finally, your body begins production of antibodies against the virus.

Pexels | Vaccine development is still ongoing, especially in light of the new variants of the viruss

Can You Have Alcohol After Your Vaccine?

Now, coming back to the main question, can you have alcohol after getting the vaccine? Richard Watkins, M.D., an infectious disease physician, and professor of internal medicine at the Ohio Medical University, says that there is no evidence that would suggest that alcohol interferes with the formation of antibodies.

However, he suggests that people should be mindful of their alcohol consumption for different reasons. While alcohol may not have a direct connection with the vaccine, it can interfere with you reporting your post-vaccine symptoms.

Final Verdict: Avoid alcohol until fully vaccinated or drink responsibly.

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