UW Medicine requiring transplant recipients to be vaccinated against COVID-19
SEATTLE, Wash. — 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.
“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.
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.
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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