Updated: March 27, 2021 1:27:04 pm
Patients waiting for elective surgery should get Covid vaccines ahead of the general population — potentially helping avoid deaths, according to a study in the British Journal of Surgery.
Data from a number of countries, including India, showed between 0.6% and 1.6% of patients get Covid-19 infection after surgery, and they are at between 4- and 8-fold increased risk of death in the 30 days following surgery.
Global prioritisation of pre-operative vaccination for elective patients could prevent 58,687 Covid-related deaths in one year, it found.
Source: University of Birmingham
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