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

Question: 

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

Answer: 
People who use alcohol can safely receive the COVID-19 vaccine. 
 
According to the World Health Organization, there is no evidence that the safety or effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines is affected by anything you eat or drink before or after getting vaccinated, including alcohol. However, drinking alcohol can add to the normal mild to moderate side effects that you might experience after vaccination, such as a headache and tiredness. Because of this, it is advisable to avoid drinking until any side effects following vaccination have passed. 
 
When it’s time for your appointment, we recommend that you don’t drink alcohol or come intoxicated (drunk) to your vaccination appointment. 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.
 
Folks who struggle with an alcohol use disorder may have a compromised (weaker) immune system so it is important to get the COVID-19 vaccine. 
 
Date last reviewed: 
Friday, Apr 01, 2022