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.


AST Resources For Transplant Professionals

COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ Sheet (Updated 1/12/23)

FAQs for Organ Transplantation (Updated 2/1/23)

Recommendations and Guidance for Organ Donor Testing (Updated 1/18/23)

Joint Statement about COVID-19 Vaccination in Organ Transplant Candidates and Recipients (Posted 11/15/22)

AST Resources For Transplant Candidates and Recipients

Vaccine Information for Transplant Recipients (Updated 3/22/23)

COVID-19 Handouts for Recipients and Candidates (Posted on 1/12/23)

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Frequently Asked Questions for Transplant Candidates, Recipients, and Caregivers (Updated 01/12/2023)


Resources in Spanish 

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, Hannah Nam, Marcus Pereira, and Raymund Razonable) 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, Ronald Parsons,  Stephanie Pouch, Poornima Ramanan, Kapil Saharia, Joanna Schaenman, Aruna Subramanian, Nicole Theodoropoulos, Laila Woc-Colburn, Cameron Wolfe, and Ann Woolley

Town Hall Webinars

See how the transplant community worked together to share information in real-time as the pandemic hit, working with colleagues from around the world.

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)

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

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