Doctors say a drink can hamper immune response, so it is best to keep off it
Getting the jab? Then gear up for some tough advice. Experts suggest those who are getting vaccinated must keep away from alcohol for at least 45 days after getting the shot. Covid Task Force chairman Dr MK Sudarshan said that it was professional advisory in the best interest of those getting vaccinated.
Dr Sudarshan told Bangalore Mirror. “The immune response to the vaccine will be hindered if alcohol is consumed. So, I have been suggesting that as per the evidence, one must stay away from drinking liquor in order to gain the full effect and benefit of vaccination. As per the current data, the antibodies are developed 14 days after the second vaccine dose. Hence, it is better to stay away from drinking for 45 days.”
Dr Sudarshan said this advice is not unique to Covid vaccination. “For any vaccine, this is the general advisory and we want this to be followed for Covid vaccines too. For example, there are similar advisories for rabies, pneumococcal or flu vaccines. As most of the vaccines are paediatric, we don’t need to deal with the issue of drinking. However, as Covid vaccine is basically for adults, we need to be extra cautious.”
58 per cent vaccination on Day 2
On day two of vaccination, only 58 per cent of the vaccination target was achieved on Sunday. According to BBMP commissioner N Manjunath Prasad, 6,277 beneficiaries were to be vaccinated while only 3,659 could be given the jab at 63 vaccination sites. At Manipal hospital, 2,704 were vaccinated against the target of 4,055; St Philomena’s, 165 out of 700 were vaccinated; At Baptist Hospital, 758 were vaccinated (target was 1,374), and Cox Town (32 against 98).
Sources said that the major reason for lower vaccination was technical snags while a few people also didn’t turn up.
Meanwhile, Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar said that vaccination drives will be intensified at more centres from Monday. “People should have faith in vaccines. Those who got the vaccination should follow the guidelines. Resistance will be developed in the body 10 days after receiving the second dose. Till then, one should adhere to the safety guidelines,” he said.
Despite widespread publicity, why are vaccination percentages so low? BBMP Commissioner N Manjunath Prasad said, “Some were still in the wait and watch mode, a few were travelling, some workers are on leave following the extended weekend after Sankranti, a few of them are unwell, some mobile numbers are wrong as they had entered as it is from their HRMS system and they could not inform.” He said that there have been no major reactions or side-effects reported so far.