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Latest update

17 February 2021

During these uncertain and difficult times, we're working with the medical community and partners to provide you with date information about the coronavirus (COVID-19).

We are part of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Nephrology COVID-19 National Working Group which is responding to the COVID-19 Crisis – we will ensure the needs and concerns of patients are being heard, and that the information we bring you is up to date and backed by the clinical community.

COVID-19 Vaccine

It is best advised that you speak with your treating doctor about the COVID-19 vaccine and what will be best for your health. We have written to the Australian Government to make them aware that kidney patients are a priority group. We recommend that people with kidney disease get vaccinated.

All three vaccine types are suitable to use in people with kidney disease and kidney transplants, subject to patients having no other medical condition that is a contra-indication for any specific vaccine.

People aged over 70, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged over 55, and younger adults with health conditions (such as those with kidney disease, kidney transplants and receiving dialysis) are included in Phase 1b of the Australian Government vaccine rollout. Please see the Australian Government website for up-to-date information about the rollout, including timelines. Read the joint statement from the ANZSN COVID-19 Working Group here.

Your COVID-19 vaccine questions answered

Transplant Australia has arranged a vital seminar for transplant recipients, dialysis patients and their families in Australia and NZ to learn about the importance of vaccination for the COVID-19 Virus. Watch here.

Kidney Transplant Houses

Our Kidney Transplant Houses are still open and taking guests, click here for more information on our Kidney Transplant Houses.

COVID-19 and your kidney health

Your COVID-19 questions answered

Watch Dr Shilpa Jesudason discuss COVID-19 and kidney disease, answering the kidney communities most asked questions.

How to stay safe during COVID-19

 We went live on Facebook with Dr Shilpa Jesudason to talk about how you can stay safe during COVID-19, watch here.

Other useful links

Health Professional Webinars

We're hosting regular webinars for health professionals to help inform them on how to care for kidney patients during the COVID-19 crisis. Learn more.

Want more information?

There is a large amount of unverified information circulating on social media. It is important that you seek information on coronavirus from trusted sources.

Australian Government

Visit the Australian Government’s Coronavirus Information Page. This page is regularly updated with the latest information.

If you have questions about coronavirus please call the Australian Government’s Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080. The helpline operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

World Health Organisation

The WHO has a large range of global resources and information visit the World Health Organisation Advice for the Public Page.

National COVID-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce

Health professionals can get up-to-date information and best practice care advice on the COVID-19 Evidence website.

Transplant Australia

Transplant Australia have resources, videos and updates on staying safe with your transplant visit their website.

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