COVID-19 Information



Coronaviruses are common viruses that usually cause a simple cold. When new strains of viruses emerge, they can cause more severe diseases, as seen with the recent novel coronavirus disease called Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). This coronavirus is called the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome 2 virus (SARS-CoV-2). This new virus and disease were the cause of the outbreak in Wuhan, China, starting in December 2019 and now has spread to many parts of the world.

Vaccine Information

Vaccine Information for Transplant Recipients  (Updated 11/8/21)

COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ Sheet (Updated 11/14/21)

Statement on Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination and Organ Procurement (Posted on 9/21/21)

Joint Statement about COVID-19 Vaccination in Organ Transplant Candidates and Recipients (12/30/21)

Joint Statement on COVID-19 Vaccine  (Posted on 8/13/21)

AST Resources For Transplant Professionals 

FAQs for Organ Transplantation (Updated 8/9/21)

Recommendations and Guidance for Organ Donor Testing (Updated 7/7/21)

AST Statement on Oral Antiviral Therapy for COVID-19 for Organ Transplant Recipients (Posted 1/5/22)

Medication Access and Drug Shortage Concerns During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Frequently Asked Questions (Updated 6/18/20)

AST Statement on Use of Monoclonal Antibody for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis  (Posted 12/13/21)

AST Resources For Transplant Candidates and Recipients

COVID-19 Handouts for Recipients and Candidates (Posted on 1/25/21)

FAQs Regarding Return to School for Children after Solid Organ Transplant in the United States During the COVID-19 Pandemic (Posted on 7/27/2020)

COVID-19: Frequently Asked Questions From Transplant Candidates and Recipients (Updated 6/4/21)

Resources in Spanish 

COVID-19: Answering Your Transplant Questions Video #2 (Recorded on 8/24/20)

COVID-19: Answering Your Transplant Questions Video #1 (Recorded on 4/27/20)

Transplant Patient in a New COVID-19 World (Recorded on 5/15/20)

Natera Transplant Town Hall (includes a Q&A with George Lopez and Dr. Emily Blumberg) (Recorded on 6/22/20)

The AST offers its sincere thank to our members who have contributed to these resources, creating needed resources and keeping them up-to-date at an extremely busy time! Many thanks to our COVID-19 Task Force members (Drs. Emily Blumberg, Deepali Kumar, Lara Danziger-Isakov, Marian Michaels, and Nicole Theodoropoulos) and all of our contributors:

Drs. Lilian Abbo, Ruth Adekunle, Shweta Anjan, Monica Ardura, Valida Bajrovic, Emily Blodget, Jennifer Chow, Anmary Fernandez, Jay Fishman, Dong Heun Lee, Michael Ison, Carol Kao, Olivia Kates, Daniel Kaul, Rosy Priya Kodiyanplakkal, Camille Kotton, Vineeta Kumar, Ricardo La Hoz, Maricar Malinis, Megan Morales, Hannah Nam, Ronald Parsons, Marcus Pereira, Stephanie Pouch, Kapil Saharia, Joanna Schaenman, Aruna Subramanian, Laila Woc-Colburn, Cameron Wolfe, and Ann Woolley

Town Hall Webinars

*NEW* COVID-19: Organ Donation and Transplant Town Hall #5 (Recorded on 10/4/21)

COVID-19: Organ Donation and Transplant Town Hall #4 (Recorded on 12/3/20)

Introduction COVID-19 Organ Donation and Transplant Town Hall #3 (Recorded on 5/11/20)

COVID-19 Special Module on Donor & Transplant Issues (4/17/20)

COVID-19 Organ Donation and Transplant Town Hall #2  (Recorded on 4/13/20)

COVID-19 Organ Donation and Transplant Town Hall #1  (Recorded on 3/23/20)

COVID-19 Resources for the Donation and Transplantation Community (Resource Handout - Updated 4/13/20)

Other Transplant Resources 


OPTN Summary of Evidence Report

World Health Organization (WHO) Guidance for Health Workers

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Resources for Medical Professionals

Action Learning Network: COVID-19

AST/IDSA Webinar: COVID-19 Vaccine in Transplant & Immunocompromised Populations (Recorded 3/25/21)

Organ Donation 

AOPO Information Page

Joint statement on donation screening by CST and Canadian Blood Services

Position statement on local organ recovery during COVID-19 pandemic

UNOS COVID-19 Data and Resources

Other Resources 

COVID-19 Vaccine - What does it mean for our transplant children? 

COVID-19: Vaccinating Pregnant and Immunocompromised Individuals (March 6, 2021) - IDSA

Publicly accessible SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 policies and procedures for the University of Washington in Seattle

Publicly accessible resource from ISHLT

ASTS Resources page

JAMA interview with Maurizio Cecconi in Milan

CMS Telehealth Resource

American Journal of Transplantation (AJT) AJT link with compiled COVID19 articles

TTS COVID-19 Dashboard

For Transplant Coordinators: Managing Patient and Family Concerns

AASLD’s COVID-19 and the Liver Resources