Achieving safe surgery after COVID-19 vaccination

Joshua G. Kovoor, Jonathan Henry W. Jacobsen, Joanna Duncan, Afua A. Addo, David R. Tivey, Wendy J. Babidge, David Penn, James Churchill, Trevor G. Collinson, Jen Kok, Shane Kelly, Vicky H. Lu, Vanessa S. Beavis, Andrew D. MacCormick, Brendon J. Kearney, Eric J. Gowans, Peter J. Hewett, Thomas J. Hugh, Henry H. Woo, Robert T. PadburyDavid A. Scott, Mark Frydenberg, Guy J. Maddern

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COVID-19 has changed surgery worldwide.1 As surgical outcomes for patients with COVID-19 are significantly poorer than those without,2 one of the most important preventative measures for surgical safety has been vaccination, which dramatically reduces transmission and disease severity. Predicated largely on favourable phase II/III clinical trials, several vaccines have been rolled out internationally with phase IV outcomes meeting expectations.3 Despite evidence supporting the safety and efficacy, it has been challenging to develop evidence-based guidelines for safely providing vaccination and surgical care worldwide.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)946-949
Number of pages4
JournalANZ Journal of Surgery
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2022


  • COVID-19 vaccination
  • safe surgery
  • Evidence based health care


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