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Transplant Proc ; 54(6): 1399-1404, 2022.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1482999


The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine and its utility in solid organ transplantation need to be timely revised and updated. These guidelines have been formalized by the experts-the apex technical committee members of the National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organization and the heads of transplant societies-for the guidance of transplant communities. We recommend that all personnel involved in organ transplantation should be vaccinated as early as possible and continue COVID-19-appropriate behavior despite a full course of vaccination. For specific guidelines of recipients, we suggest completing the full schedule before transplantation whenever the clinical condition permits. We also suggest a single dose, rather than proceeding unvaccinated for transplant, in case a complete course is not feasible. If vaccination is planned before surgery, we recommend a gap of at least 2 weeks between the last dose of vaccine and surgery. For those not vaccinated before transplant, we suggest waiting 4 to 12 weeks after transplant. For the potential living donors, we recommend the complete vaccination schedule before transplant. However, if this is not feasible, we suggest receiving at least a single dose of the vaccine 2 weeks before donation. We suggest that suitable transplant patients and those on the waiting list should accept a third dose of the vaccine when one is offered to them. We recommend that organs from a deceased donor with suspected/proven vaccine-induced thrombotic thrombocytopenia should be avoided and are justified only in cases of emergency situations with informed consent and counseling.

COVID-19 , Coronavirus , Organ Transplantation , COVID-19/prevention & control , Humans , Living Donors/psychology , Organ Transplantation/adverse effects , Transplant Recipients , Vaccination/adverse effects