2 Ohio hospital systems require transplant patients to be vaccinated

Two hospital systems, Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals, say they will require transplant patients to be vaccinated against the Chinese coronavirus. This news follows the story of UCHealth being denied a kidney transplant because she did not receive a vaccine.

Cleveland Clinic announce It now requires both donors and transplant patients to be vaccinated against the Chinese coronavirus before undergoing surgery, citing the patients’ “health and safety.”

“Cleveland Clinic recently developed safety protocols for solid organ transplantation that require vaccination against COVID-19 to be an active transplant candidate or living donor,” Hospital System She said In the current situation:

Vaccination is especially important for these patients for their safety. For a living donor, prevention of COVID-19 infection around the time of surgery is critical. For a transplant candidate, in addition to major surgery, medications taken after an organ transplant impair a person’s immune response. Individuals with compromised immune systems are more likely to develop serious complications of COVID-19, because their bodies have a reduced ability to fight and recover from infection. FDA-approved vaccines have been identified as safe and effective and are the best way to prevent severe illness and death from COVID-19.

According to Cleveland, the clinic She said No one has been removed from the transplant waiting list because they haven’t been vaccinated yet, but patients on the waiting list currently have until November 1 to get vaccinated.

US President Joe Biden delivers remarks on his administration’s response to COVID-19 and the vaccination program from the White House dining room on September 24, 2021, in Washington, DC. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

Similarly, university hospitals said the UH Transplant Institute will now order coronavirus vaccines for “patient populations”. The statement stated:

The health and safety of our patients is a top priority for us at University Hospitals. In light of recent studies indicating the risk to solid organ recipients and living donors if they contract COVID-19, the UH Transplant Institute will begin ordering COVID vaccinations for its patients. We follow policies in this area that have already been established in many other Ohio national systems, and that are recommended by the national transplant societies. Vaccination is especially important for these patients for their safety. Transplant recipients are required to take medications to prevent rejection of the organ that weakens the immune system. For living donors, prevention of COVID around the time of surgery is essential. COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective, and are the best way to prevent severe illness and death from COVID-19.

Demonstrators oppose coronavirus vaccine mandates and vaccine passports at a government rally at City Hall in New York City on August 25, 2021 (Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images)

Demonstrators oppose coronavirus vaccine mandates and vaccine passports at a government rally at City Hall in New York City on August 25, 2021 (Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images)

news Continued The controversial decision of UCHealth in Colorado, which rejects transplants for people who are not immunized. Ms Leilani Lotali, a woman with stage 5 kidney failure, was reportedly rejected because she and her donor had not been vaccinated.
As Breitbart News mentioned:

“At the end of August, they confirmed that the COVID shot was not needed at the time,” Lotale told CBS4. Jamiee knew they had this policy around the COVID shot for both the donor and the recipient.”

Fougner did not receive the vaccine based on religious beliefs, according to CBS 4. Meanwhile, Lutali believes there are a lot of unknowns about the vaccine, and she also told CBS 4 that she had the virus and acquired a natural immunity.

I said I would sign a medical waiver. “I have to sign a waiver anyway for the transplant itself, and release them from anything that could go wrong,” Lotale said. “It’s surgery, it’s invasive. I sign a waiver for my life. Not sure why I couldn’t sign a waiver for the COVID shot.”

“I feel pressured,” she said. “I feel like my life is in their hands in exchange for a shot, and the attitude is ‘Just take the shot’.

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