COVID-19 Information from The Miami Transplant Institute
UPDATE – AUGUST 2021: The FDA has modified its emergency use authorization for the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines to authorize a third dose for transplant patients and others with weakened immune systems. In light of this, MTI physicians recommend for post-transplant patients who are at least one month beyond their transplant and any rejection treatment to consider getting a third dose at any vaccination site. If you have any questions, please speak to your transplant coordinator or physician.
Unfortunately, the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic continues, and as a transplant patient, we know you remain especially concerned about COVID-19. The Miami Transplant Institute (MTI) is your partner in wellness for life, and we will continue to help you through these difficult times. Our multidisciplinary team of physicians, specialists, nurses, coordinators, and more are providing the following recommendations for all transplant patients. You may get more specific recommendations from your doctor or other member of your team at MTI. If you have any questions, please contact your transplant coordinator.
Recommendations for all transplant patients:
- If you have not yet received the COVID-19 vaccine, please do so at your earliest convenience at any location currently providing vaccinations to our community.
- Continue wearing a mask and maintaining social distancing. Avoid large crowds and remain at least six feet away from other people even if you have been vaccinated.
- All family members, caregivers, and close contacts should also get the COVID-19 vaccine and continue wearing a mask around you.
If you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 please contact us immediately. Our doctors may recommend treatment even if you are currently not experiencing any symptoms. The FDA has recently issued authorization that allows us to offer monoclonal antibody therapy to transplant patients exposed to COVID-19 even before they have any symptoms or receive a positive test.
If you have any symptoms or a positive COVID-19 test, please contact us immediately.
- If you are experiencing symptoms such as chest pain, difficulty breathing, or new onset confusion, please call 911 and go to your nearest emergency room.
- For all other symptoms, or if you have recently been diagnosed with COVID-19, please contact your MTI coordinator immediately. Even mild cases can get worse quickly, and we want to consider initiating treatment as soon as possible.
For any other needs, including routine or minor visits, please call us in advance before coming to our clinic. For the protection of our patients, we continue to have significant limitations on visitors in our inpatient facilities and clinics.
Information about the virus is constantly evolving. It is important to stay informed from reliable sources of information. Below is a list of useful resources to consider, in addition to checking this site for any updates:
- General Information from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
- Transplant information from the American Society of Transplantation: https://www.myast.org/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19-frequently-asked-questions
- Travel information from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html
- Pandemic preparedness from the U.S. Ready campaign: https://www.ready.gov/pandemic
All of us at the Miami Transplant Institute are proud to serve your unique needs as a transplant recipient.