Russians who get the coronavirus vaccine are being told to skip drinking alcohol. Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister says the Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine takes at least 42 days to become effective and alcohol puts a strain on the body so it should be avoided while immunity builds up.

According to the World Health Organization, Russia is the fourth-largest consumer of alcohol per person in the world.

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No Alcohol for 2 Months, Russia Tells Coronavirus Vaccine Recipients - The Moscow Times

Recipients of Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine should abstain from alcohol for nearly two months before and after immunization, the head of Russia's consumer safety watchdog Tuesday. Rospotrebnadzor head Anna Popova's instructions follow Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova's recommendations to avoid alcohol and immunosuppressants for 42 days because the two-shot vaccine is administered with a 21-day gap between doses.

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