When a Colorado woman found out her hospital wouldn’t approve her kidney transplant surgery until she got the COVID-19 vaccine, she was left with a difficult decision pitting her health needs against her religious beliefs.
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Unvaccinated donors could also pass COVID-19 to the recipient even if they initially test negative for the disease, he said.
“Studies have found transplant patients who contract COVID-19 may have a mortality rate of 20% or higher,” he said.
But it said many transplant programs insist that patients get vaccinated for COVID-19 because of the weakened state of their immune system.
The best time to get a COVID-19 vaccine is before an organ transplant.
She is searching for another hospital, possibly in Texas or Florida, where she could get a transplant without being vaccinated. »