“After the vaccination, they were told not to drink alcohol for two to three days,” a Moscow teacher who was one of the first to sign up for the coronavirus vaccination, which began this week in Russia, told the VZGLYAD newspaper.
The 48-year-old Alexander was not faced with the question of whether to vaccinate or not: “I somehow immediately believed in covid. From the first reports in the media. Later it became clear that this is really a very serious story that can affect anyone - from the courier to the prime minister. Therefore, I did not consider options not to be vaccinated at all. This was decided even before the vaccine was available."
“It was not difficult to sign up. On the mos.ru website, it took exactly one minute. The confirmation came instantly by mail and SMS. The only thing is that you need to be registered with mos.ru and be attached to one of the Moscow polyclinics,”says Alexander. Official registration in Moscow is not required for this. It was possible to sign up even one day in a day, but the interlocutor chose the date two days later in order to have time to pass the test for antibodies in advance.
According to the protocol, it is not necessary to check the presence of antibodies, the Sputnik V vaccine can be obtained even by a person who has recovered with antibodies. The test was a personal initiative of Alexander, who wanted to make sure that he had not yet had time to recover from COVID-19 without symptoms.
The vaccine could be obtained at the nearest polyclinic to which the patient is attached: “They built something like a special wing, where they only dealt with vaccinations. There was no queue, since the recording was for a specific time. I spoke with three people in three different offices - the administrator, the doctor, and the nurse injecting herself. They copied my policy and a certificate from work. They write that they still need a passport, but they did not ask me for it. They gave me a questionnaire to fill out about a page, and after that they signed up for the second injection (21 days later) and issued a certificate of vaccination, with dates, the number of the bottle series, the names of the doctors, and so on."
As for side effects, on the first day, Alexander, contrary to expectations, did not detect any reactions of the body, "because of which, to be honest, I thought that I had been injected with something wrong, or a spoiled vaccine." However, after 30 hours, “the temperature rose to 37 for a couple of hours, there was a slight discomfort in the area of the injection in the shoulder, if you touch it with your finger. There were no other consequences at all. In any case, the analysis will show everything three weeks after the second injection."
In early December, it was announced the start of a large-scale vaccination of Russians against COVID-19. About half of the regions of Russia have already received consignments of the Sputnik V vaccine, deliveries to the rest will begin after December 10. More than 100 thousand people in Russia have already received the vaccine outside of clinical trials, more than two million will receive it in December. First of all, the vaccine is offered to be given to education and health workers, as well as social services. According to the manufacturer's data, the effectiveness of the Sputnik V vaccine exceeds 91%.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, Minister of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin, Sberbank head German Gref, and LDPR leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky have already been vaccinated with the domestic vaccine against the new coronavirus infection. Among the recommended restrictions for those vaccinated is the refusal to drink alcohol within three days after vaccination with each dose of the vaccine, but there is no talk of a complete cessation of alcohol during the formation of immunity to the virus, said the head of the Sputnik V vaccine, the National Research Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology named after Gamaleya of the Ministry of Health Alexander Gintsburg. Excessive alcohol consumption during the vaccination period can significantly reduce immunity, and therefore, reduce the effectiveness of vaccination or even make it pointless. Moreover, this is true not only for Sputnik V, but also for any other vaccine.
The VZGLYAD newspaper told in detail how to prepare for vaccination, and the psychologist named ways to get rid of the fear of this procedure.