Transplant patients may be at a higher risk of getting severe COVID-19, and we have seen that they can have worse outcomes if they do get it. Due to their increased risk for severe COVID-19, the CDC suggests transplant patients get the vaccine, because potential benefits outweigh possible risks at this time. Experts from the American Society of Transplantation (AST) believe that, based on how the vaccine works, it is unlikely to trigger organ rejection. The AST recommends vaccination.
If you are currently undergoing pre- or post-transplant care please consult with your doctor if you have questions regarding the vaccination.
After getting your vaccination, continue to follow COVID-19 safety guidelines. This is important in preventing the spread of the virus until we know more about how the vaccine reduces spread and how long protection lasts. These guidelines include wearing a mask, staying 6 feet away from others, washing hands often and avoiding crowds.