Cleveland Clinic patients on waiting lists have until November 1 to receive an organ transplant
The two largest hospitals in Northeast Ohio will now require their transplant candidates and living donors to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
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A spokesperson for the Cleveland Clinic told Granthshala Business that the health and safety of its patients is a “top priority” and emphasized that “FDA-authorized vaccines have been determined to be safe and effective and to prevent serious disease.” The best way and death from COVID-19.”
“For a living donor, it is important to minimize the risk of a COVID-19 infection around the time of their surgery and recovery,” the spokesperson said. “For a transplant candidate, in addition to a major operation, drugs taken after an organ transplant weaken a person’s immune response. Serious complications of COVID-19 are most likely to develop in individuals whose immune system Weak, because their body’s ability to fight and recover from an infection is reduced.”
Cleveland Clinic patients who are currently on a waiting list to receive an organ transplant from a deceased donor have until November 1 to complete the new policy. Patients who do not meet the vaccination deadline will be deactivated on the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) waiting list.
“To date, we have not removed anyone from the transplant waiting list because they were not vaccinated,” the clinic said.
Meanwhile, University Hospitals, which will also implement a vaccination policy for patients and living donors at the UH Transplant Institute, did not say when it would officially go into effect.
A UH spokesperson told Granthshala Business, “In light of recent studies pointing to the risk of solid organ recipients and living donors contracting COVID-19 if they contract COVID-19, the UH Transplant Institute has been asked to provide a better understanding of the COVID-19 risk to its patient population.” The need for vaccinations will begin.” “We are following policies in this area that are already in place in many other Ohio and national systems, and recommended by national transplant associations.”
More than 216 million Americans 12 years of age and older, or 76.4% of the population, have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while more than 187 million, or 66% of the population, have been fully vaccinated . NS U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In addition, more than 7.7 million Americans have received a booster dose.