Major hospital systems in Ohio requiring Covid vaccinations for organ transplants

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The Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals, two of the largest health care systems in Ohio, are requiring Covid-19 vaccinations for solid organ transplants.

The recently announced mandates will apply to patients and living donors prior to the procedures, according to statements from the health care providers.

Patients on a waiting list for organ transplantation from a deceased donor have until Nov. 1 to become vaccinated, or they will be considered "inactive on the waiting list," the Cleveland Clinic said in a statement Monday.

"Vaccination is particularly important in these patients for their safety," the statement said. "Living donation for organ transplantation has been a life-saving treatment, but it is not without risks to the donor. For the living donor, reducing the risk of a COVID-19 infection around the time of their surgery and recovery is crucial."

In addition to a major operation for recipients, medications taken following an organ transplant can weaken a patient's immune system. Serious complications from Covid are more likely to develop in people who have weakened immune systems, according to the Cleveland Clinic.

Officials with University Hospitals said in a statement on Friday they were guided by medical studies pointing ... (Read more)

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