A message doing rounds on social media claims, anyone who takes the Covid vaccine should avoid anesthesia for 4 weeks. We fact-check the claim and find it to be False.
The claim viral on Facebook and Twitter reads, ‘Anyone who is vaccinated against Coronavirus is prohibited from taking any type of anesthetic, even local anesthetics or dentist anesthetics because this poses a great danger to the life of the vaccinated person and is highly dangerous.There is a possibility of death.. Therefore, the vaccinated person must wait 4 weeks after the vaccination. If he has a reaction, he can administer anesthetic only 4 weeks after the antibody develops.’
Do COVID-19 vaccine interfere with anesthesia?
NO. There is no scientific evidence of anesthesia interfering with vaccine.
American Society of Anesthesiologists, on their website, clarifies, ‘There is no evidence that either COVID-19 or the vaccine interferes with anesthesia. However, because surgery is stressful on the body and temporarily puts extra strain on your immune system, you should wait until you are fully recovered from COVID-19 or you are fully immunized after vaccination before proceeding with surgery, as noted below.’
On June 13, 2021 Malayasian Society of Anesthesiologists put up notification regarding this saying the Malaysian Society of Anaesthesiologists and the College of Anaesthesiologists, Academy of Medicine of Malaysia strongly refute the misleading message circulating on the social platform on the causation and / or adverse reactions of anaesthesia against COVID-19 vaccinated individuals. The notification further says, ‘If the surgery is an emergency, recent vaccination should not be the reason to defer surgery.’
However, few Indian hospitals and medical institutes advice to avoid surgeries and pain medicines ‘immediately’ after vaccinations.
Did Indian Govt. issue any circular regarding Anesthesia after vaccination?
While there is no seperate guidelines issued by the Indian Govt. related to anesthesia, the government’s PIB fact check team has debunked this claim.
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