Doctor says vaccine still okay for organ transplant patients | WNYT.com

Doctor says vaccine still okay for organ transplant patients

Benita Zahn
Updated: May 21, 2021 08:17 PM
Created: May 21, 2021 08:16 PM

There's recently been attention to people who've had organ transplants and the effectiveness of the COVID vaccine.

The drugs to prevent organ rejection tamp down the immune system of transplant patients, so they may not make enough antibodies to fully protect against the virus.

Dr. Jorge Cerda, Chief of Medicine at St. Peter's Hospital, says despite that, it's important for these patients to be vaccinated.

Even a reduced antibody response would protect against severe disease. He says antibodies are only part of the protection picture. There are also T cells in play.

Dr. Cerda recommends transplant patients continue to mask and social distance.

Talk with your doctor about the best time after transplant to be vaccinated. Some recommend waiting a few weeks.

Learn more about the critical role T cells play in protection from the virus by watching the video of Benita Zahn's story.


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