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COVID-19 update: Sept. 9, 2021

COVID-19 update: Sept. 9, 2021

Reminder for organ recovery teams to carry proof of vaccine

Organ recovery teams should be aware of donor hospital vaccine requirements before traveling. Given the spread of the Delta variant, many hospitals now require evidence of COVID vaccination from their employees and other professionals who enter the facility.

Some hospitals are requiring the local OPO to certify that teams are fully vaccinated, so some OPOs are also now requiring teams to show evidence of COVID vaccination.

Carrying a vaccine card or other evidence of vaccination will help recovery teams meet hospital requirements and avoid disruptions to the organ recovery process.

Third dose of COVID-19 vaccine approved for immunocompromised people

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized additional doses of either the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for certain immunosuppressed individuals, such as organ transplant recipients. For more information, refer to the FDA statement.

An advisory panel to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has also recommended an additional vaccine dose. We will update the COVID-19 resource page on the UNOS website with additional information as it becomes available.

Committee meetings through October and all summer 2021 regional meetings to be virtual

In order to protect the safety of our community and their patients during the wave of Delta infections occurring right now, the OPTN will hold all committee meetings through October virtually. Learn more about upcoming meetings. *Updated Sept. 10, 2021

All summer 2021 regional meetings will also be held virtually. Registration and additional meeting details are available on your region’s webpage. Learn more about regional meetings.


Monitoring report available for lower respiratory testing of lung donors

A data report is now available showing key measures for the first month of monitoring lower respiratory SARS-CoV-2 testing for lung donors.

Updated COVID-19 FAQs for patients

As the pandemic continues to impact our lifesaving mission, find our newly updated list of frequently asked questions and answers on Transplant Living.

American Society of Transplantation Spanish language COVID-19 resources

Spanish language COVID-19 resources from AST, including a COVID-19 Vaccines for Hispanic Patients and Transplants recording.  


For COVID-19 related policy and operational questions, email [email protected]

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