6th October (WNN) — The Colorado health system is defending its decision to require coronavirus vaccinations for people receiving organ transplants after a Republican state senator complained of a patient refusal.
University of Colorado health spokesman Dan Weaver told the Denver Post that it is common for transplant patients to have conditions before, during, and after surgery, and that was before the COVID-19 pandemic.
Colorado State Representative Tim Geitner complained on twitter He received a letter about a local patient being denied surgery. The patient told Geiter that he was placed on the transplant waiting list as “inactive” because he had not been vaccinated for COVID-19.
“UCHealth denies life-saving treatment – kidney transplant – to [an] El Paso County resident,” Geitner tweeted.
“Patients may need to receive vaccinations, including hepatitis B, MMR and others,” Weaver told the Post. “Patients may also need to avoid alcohol, stop smoking, or prove that they will be able to continue their rejection medications for a long time after their transplant surgery.
“These requirements increase the likelihood that a transplant will be successful, and that the patient will survive rejection.”
Weaver said the mortality rate is higher among non-vaccinated transplant patients – from 20% and 30%, compared to less than 2% in the general population who have tested positive for the virus.