Covid-19 Information

People on dialysis and kidney transplant recipients have immune system differences from people with normal kidney function. They are at a higher risk of severe illness and death from a Covid-19 infection. 

As the United Network for Organ Sharing notes, "Studies and real-life data show that even fully-vaccinated, immunocompromised transplant patients have an increased risk of developing severe COVID-19 infections. That is why additional boosters have been approved by the CDC and why some transplant programs have chosen to inform their patients to continue wearing masks and social distancing. If you have specific questions about the impact of COVID-19 on you as a transplant recipient, please contact your healthcare provider."

Dialysis patients can take steps to protect themselves from infection, including:

  • Continue dialysis treatment.

    • Missing even one treatment can cause harm and increase risk of serious illness.

    • If you have Covid-19 or believe you have been exposed, notify your dialysis center staff before arriving for treatment.

  • Get vaccinated.

    • Ask friends and family to help protect you by getting vaccinated and boosted as well. 

    • Keep up to date on vaccines for the flu and other illnesses. 

  • Wear a mask when interacting with others, especially indoors or at close distances.

  • Avoid crowded situations.

    • Maintain a six foot distance.​

    • Meet outdoors when possible.

  • Keep a supply of food and medications.

  • Know the symptoms of a Covid-19 infections.

Kidney transplant can take steps to protect themselves from infection, including:

  • After transplant, get your vaccine as soon as your doctor says you can, usually 3 months after the transplant. Getting vaccinated and boosted.

    • People ages 12 years and older who are moderately or severely immunocompromised should receive a total of 4 doses of COVID-19 vaccine.  
    • Ask friends and family to help protect you by getting vaccinated and boosted as well. 

  • Wear a mask.

  • Avoid crowded situations.

    • Maintaining a six foot distance.​

    • Meeting outdoors when possible.

  • Evusheld is a long-acting antibody combination intended for pre-exposure prevention. This is an additional option transplant recipients should discuss with their transplant physician, but be aware that availability is limited.

  • Take medications as prescribed.

Informational Resources

From the End Stage Renal Disease National Coordinating Center:

From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

From Johns Hopkins Medicine:

Additional resources: