People hoping to receive an organ transplant in Queensland will be denied medical treatment unless they are fully vaccinated, reports 7NEWS.
According to the authorities, patients in need of a kidney, lung, or heart transplant will require at least two doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccine prior to surgery.
Queensland Health confirmed in a statement, in part:
“Patients need a minimum requirement of two doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccine prior to receiving a kidney, lung or heart transplant.”
The new regulation has left patients furious, including 23-year-old Dana Ward who urgently needs a kidney transplant to save her life:
“I have been told that if I received a kidney and then got Covid it would be a waste of an organ. I even have a donor ready to go but it’s been made clear nothing will go ahead until I am fully vaccinated.”
Kidney, lung, and heart transplant patients have told the Courier Mail that they remain unvaccinated because they fear side effects from the vaccine that could make them even more ill than they already are.
It’s understood those awaiting transplant surgery who refuse to get vaccinated will have to wait until the mandate is removed.
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