UW Medicine requiring transplant recipients to be vaccinated against COVID-19

SEATTLE — UW medicine patients will be denied an organ transplant if they refuse to get vaccinated against COVID-19. 

The hospital’s website says all patients in need of a transplant must get vaccinated before their surgery. 

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“All major organ transplant societies strongly recommend patients get vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to transplant when patients’ immune systems are more likely to respond to the vaccine,” the website says. 

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The hospital says vaccine requirements are nothing new. Transplant recipients have previously been required to be current on all critical vaccines prior to a procedure. 

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UW Medicine will accept medical exemptions but says those who refuse the vaccine for non-medical reasons will be removed from the waitlist and deemed ineligible. 


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