At UPMC Transplant Services, we recognize the importance of organ donation. We have been pioneers in the field for nearly 40 years and are committed to providing world-class care to our patients during every step of their transplant journey.
That commitment remains during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Transplant patients may be especially vulnerable to COVID-19 because they may have suppressed immune systems or serious underlying health conditions.
We are doing everything we can to protect them. We want to make sure they reach the end of their transplant journey healthier than they began.
Recommendations for Transplant Patients
The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) has changed the emergency approval for both Pfizer-BioNTech and the Moderna COVID-19 vaccines to allow the use of a third or booster vaccine for people who are immunocompromised. This includes people who have received a solid organ transplant. If you are a transplant recipient and you have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna), it is recommended that you receive another dose. To schedule your third dose, visit vaccine.upmc.com or call the UPMC Vaccination line at 844-876-2822.
If you need an organ transplant, you may need to visit us for treatment: before surgery, for the surgery itself, or after your procedure.
If you do need to come in for an appointment, we are taking every step to keep you safe.
We are following all recommendations from the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
To find out more about what we're doing to provide care and keep you safe from COVID-19, visit upmc.com/COVID19.
It's safe to make a doctor's appointment and undergo a procedure.
We have updated our facility policies to provide necessary protection to patients and staff, rolling out extensive precautions.
Before your appointment, talk to your doctor about what to expect on your visit, including:
You must wear a facemask to enter our facilities and continue to wear it throughout the building. We also ask that you follow COVID-19 preventive measures, such as regular handwashing and proper social distancing.
More than ever, we're working to protect you. You can count on us.