The United States has taken a tough stance on people who do not want to receive one of the COVID-19 vaccines.
In the field of health, for example, several assistance centers in the North American nation have indicated that they will not perform organ transplants to those people who have refused to inoculate themselves against the pandemic.
This measure, also reported on the site ArsTechnicamakes sense, since organ transplant patients should receive immunosuppressive drug therapy to reduce the chance that their body will reject the transplanted organ. This makes them much more vulnerable to disease.
A transplanted person is estimated to be 20 to 30 percent more likely to die from COVID-19 if they become infected.
Thus, doctors are prioritizing patients vaccinated against the coronavirus to receive a transplant, since they have less chance of getting sick and losing the organ.
“We recommend that all patients on the priority waiting list for a transplant be vaccinated against the SARS-CoV-2 virus (which produces COVID-19), as well as all members of their household and close contacts,” said the institutions. in a joint statement.
This measure has drawn criticism from patients who require transplants but refuse to be vaccinated.
However, he has had the support of the medical community in general, who see in this determination a good way to reduce infections and the worsening of the disease in patients who have received a transplant.
“We make vaccines against hepatitis and influenza mandatory (for all patients waiting for an organ) and nobody has problems with them,” says Dr. Kapilkumar Patel, director of the lung transplant program at Tampa General Hospital in Florida.
“Now we have this new vaccine that can save lives and have a great positive impact on the post-transplant recovery phase, but we are faced with this great outrage on the part of the people,” he adds.