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Vaccination the key to freedom

By February 18, 2021February 22nd, 20214 Comments

The Board of Transplant Australia has recommended all transplant recipients in Australia be vaccinated for COVID-19. Transplant Australia held a highly successful ZOOM Webinar for recipients, those on dialysis, those waiting, living donors and doctors and nurses on February 18.

The clear evidence from the expert presenters was that the risks of becoming infected and of developing severe outcomes from COVID were higher for organ transplant recipients than for the general community, and as early data on vaccination of transplant recipients suggests similar safety to the general population, it makes good sense for transplant recipients to be immunized for COVID as soon as possible.

Transplant Australia was pleased to host the webinar for the transplant community in Australia and beyond. Almost 2,000 participants logged in.

It was held in conjunction with the Transplantation Society of Australia and New Zealand and the Transplant Nurses Association. It was proudly supported by Astellas.

The recording is available at https://transplant.org.au/living-with-your-transplant/self-care/covid-19-and-transplant-recipients/

COVID Transplantation Taskforce Co-Chair Professor Steve Chadban outlines the prevalence of COVID across the world
TNA President Libby John outlines what is important for recipients
The webinar was hosted by highly respected Adelaide renal physician and TSANZ President, Professor Toby Coates
Dr Peter Boan set the context explaining COVID and how the various vaccines work

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