More than 50 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine have now been administered in the UK.

The roll-out has now reached healthy people in their 40s after those most at risk from the virus were given priority – and ministers say the UK is on track to offer every single adult at least one dose of a jab by the end of July.

With pubs now serving customers in England once again, newly-vaccinated adults might be looking to toast the occasion with a drink – but what is the latest advice on alcohol after having your jab?

Reports on social media have suggested that those getting the vaccine should refrain from drinking alcohol for a period of two weeks following their appointment.

But, the UK medicines regulator says there is no evidence to suggest abstaining from drinking is necessary.

It comes after advisers to the alcohol education charity Drinkaware, which is funded by the alcohol industry, said there was some evidence that drinking, especially regular heavy drinking, could interfere with the body’s ability to build immunity in response to some vaccines earlier this year.

But there is nothing in the patient information leaflets from the NHS or the vaccine manufacturers to suggest such a link.

When asked about the claims, a spokesperson for the MHRA said: “There is currently no evidence that drinking alcohol interferes with the efficacy of the Covid-19 vaccines.

“We would advise anyone concerned about this to talk to their healthcare professional.”

After getting the jab, most people are asked to wait for 15 minutes before leaving to ensure there is no serious reaction to the vaccine.

The NHS also gives out a leaflet about what to expect after your vaccination including details of any possible side effects.

Some people report feeling pain at the jab site but it does not usually last more than a few days.

You can take painkillers, such as paracetamol, if you need to, according to the NHS.

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