Cleveland, Ohio 2021-10-08 13:46:37 –
Cleveland (WJW) – Two of the largest hospital systems in the region require patients to be vaccinated. COVID-19 (New Coronavirus Infection) Before receiving an organ transplant.
Metro Health Medical Center Patients did not need to be vaccinated prior to transplantation, but patients considering transplantation should be vaccinated as soon as possible before surgery.
All three hospital systems emphasized the need to avoid further complications from the virus. This is especially true if immunosuppressive drugs are needed to prevent rejection of the transplanted organ.
Statement from Cleveland Clinic:
The health and safety of our patients is our number one priority. The Cleveland Clinic recently developed a safety protocol for solid organ transplants where COVID-19 vaccination needs to be an active transplant candidate or living donor. Vaccination is especially important for the safety of these patients. It is very important for living donors to prevent COVID-19 infection before and after surgery. For transplant candidates, in addition to major surgery, medications taken after an organ transplant weaken a person’s immune response. Serious complications of COVID-19 are most likely to occur in people with a weakened immune system. This is due to the reduced ability of the body to fight and recover from infections. FDA-approved vaccines have been determined to be safe and effective and are the best way to prevent serious illness and death from COVID-19.
Statement from the university hospital:
At university hospitals, patient health and safety are our top priorities. In light of recent studies pointing out the risks faced by solid organ recipients and living donors when infected with COVID-19, the UH Transplantation Institute will begin demanding COVID vaccination from patient populations. We follow policies in this area that have already been implemented in several other Ohio and national systems and are recommended by the National Transplant Association. Vaccination is especially important for the safety of these patients. Transplant recipients need to take medication to prevent organ rejection, which weakens the immune system. Prevention of COVID before and after surgery is essential for living donors. The COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective and is the best way to prevent serious illness and death from COVID-19.
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