Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova urged Russians who received the COVID-19 vaccine to observe the mask regime, refrain from visiting places with a large number of people, and also not to consume alcohol and drugs that suppress the immune system for 42 days. According to the official, this is necessary for the formation of a full-fledged immune response. Today, the research center “Vector” published similar recommendations for volunteers of clinical trials of the drug “EpiVacCorona”. In other words, people who received the vaccine in December will have to celebrate the New Year sober.
“The point is that alcohol changes the structure of any chemical, especially of a protein nature. The body begins to fight alcohol intoxication, so the immune defense can change dramatically. Especially considering that our people rarely limit themselves to one or two glasses. It is very dangerous. The protein component that forms antibodies can become defective and reduce the effectiveness of the vaccine. In addition, unwanted side reactions, including allergic ones, may develop, ”Andrey Kondrakhin told MedPortal.
The expert recalled that restrictions on alcohol consumption must be observed with any immunization, including influenza vaccination. Now experts are putting a special emphasis on this, because both vaccines against coronavirus have not yet been fully studied, so it is not known how the body will react to the vaccine against the background of alcohol intoxication.
“Doctors strive to exclude any component that could potentially lead to a non-standard immune response that the body may not be able to overcome,” Kondrakhin said.
The doctor is convinced that these restrictions should not be a reason to refuse vaccination, since in conditions of high morbidity, protection from coronavirus is a priority. He also urged not to violate the “dry law” and during the New Year celebrations to limit themselves to non-alcoholic wine.
“You can look at this prohibition from the other side. It’s happiness to meet the holidays for the first time with a bright look. There will still be an old New Year, and in general, it will be possible to come off on February 23rd. And now it is very important to take care of yourself, ”stressed Andrei Kondrakhin.