Shots after shot: Jury is still out in Karnataka | Bengaluru News – Times of India


BENGALURU: While the state government intensifies the Covid-19 vaccination drive, one question is top of the mind for some: Can they consume alcohol after getting vaccinated?
The poser was central to many discussions over the weekend with some even contacting their doctor friends to understand the body’s reaction to alcohol after the jab. When health minister K Sudhakar was asked about it, he said: “We have to study the issue and will soon make a formal statement.”
The debate started on Saturday when Dr MK Sudarshan, chairman, state’s Technical Advisory Committee, told media that those who get vaccinated should not consume alcohol for the next 45 days as that is known to affect the immune system. The body’s response to the vaccine will not be effective if intake of alcohol is high, he said, adding that people should refrain from consuming alcohol. He cited a mention of it in the Sputnik V vaccine being administered in Russia.
Though a few experts agree with Dr Sudarshan’s point that binge drinking would defeat the purpose of vaccination as it compromises the immune system and even affects liver functioning, there is a counter view.
“The brochure that came with Covishield doesn’t mention alcohol consumption before or after the vaccination. There is no evidence to suggest that casual drinking will impact the efficacy of the vaccine,” some experts said. Experts across the world are divided on the issue. While some experts in Russia and the United Kingdom suggested people abstain from alcohol in the run-up to vaccination and later, some argue that moderate drinking can improve a person’s response to the vaccine.
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