Contact your transplant doctor if you have questions about the vaccine.
Although solid organ transplant recipients were not included in the initial COVID-19 clinical trials, the safety of the vaccines is expected to be the same in transplant recipients. It is important to note it is not yet known how effective the vaccines are for people who have had a transplant. In fact, the vaccines are likely to be less effective for transplant recipients.
The UNC Center for Transplant Care expect that most people waiting for a transplant and transplant recipients will fall into a high-priority category and should be able to get the vaccines in 2021. The UNC Center for Transplant Care recommends patients waiting for a transplant get the vaccines at least two weeks before the transplant if possible, and transplant recipients wait until at least one month after transplantation to receive their vaccines.
Please do not contact your provider about scheduling a vaccine appointment at this time, but please do contact your transplant doctor if you have questions about the vaccine.