Is it safe to consume alcohol before or after getting the vaccine?

Question: 

Is it safe to consume alcohol before or after getting the vaccine?

Answer: 
It is not recommended that you drink alcohol or come drunk to your vaccination appointment. This is not because of a vaccine safety concern (that alcohol interferes with the vaccine) but because the healthcare provider needs your informed consent before giving vaccines. Alcohol may impair (lessen) your ability to fully understand the health information and ask questions.
 
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ImmunizeBC does not have specific recommendations around alcohol use after getting any vaccine, including the COVID-19 vaccines.

There are no studies around alcohol use and the effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccines. Folks who struggle with alcohol use disorder (AUD) may have a compromised (weaker) immune system and should talk to their healthcare provider. Expert opinion is that we do not expect a moderate amount of alcohol use will have a negative effect on the immune response to the vaccine. 

Please note that the circumstances around COVID-19 vaccines in BC are changing regularly, so this information may change. 

Date last reviewed: 
Friday, Jul 30, 2021