COVID-19: Information for Transplant Professionals

ISHLT is compiling resources for transplant professionals related to the global COVID-19 outbreak. Email us at with suggestions for additional resources.

ISHLT COVID-19 Therapeutics Guidance
(4 April, 2023)

The latest update from ISHLT's COVID-19 Task Force, this document will review the available literature and make current recommendations on the use of these therapies in this at-risk population.

ISHLT/AST/ASTS Joint Statement About COVID-19 Vaccination In Organ Transplant Candidates and Recipients
(16 November, 2022)

The joint ISHLT/AST/ASTS statement on COVID-19 vaccines consists of the latest details and recommendations on vaccinations in organ transplant candidates and recipients, including updates from the Ethics Committee on vaccine access and institutional policies.

COVID-19 Vaccination and Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis in Heart and Lung Transplant Candidates and Recipients
(17 October, 2022)

The ISHLT COVID-19 Task Force has updated its statement including background information and recommendations on COVID-19 vaccination and pre-exposure prophylaxis in heart and lung transplant candidates and recipients. While the risk of severe disease and death may be higher in the solid organ transplant (SOT) population, the risk seems to be associated with the degree of immunosuppression. Although initially it was observed that the serologic response to vaccines in SOT patients was decreased, clinical trial data and observational studies are encouraging that additional doses can ameliorate this impact and provide clinical effectiveness. Additionally, pre-exposure prophylaxis strategies using monoclonal antibodies may be protective in SOT recipients.

Deceased donor and recipient selection for cardiothoracic transplantation during the COVID-19 pandemic
(14 April, 2021)

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Guidance Documents

JHLT Papers on COVID-19

The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation is committed to the rapid dissemination of information pertinent to the cardiothoracic transplantation community.
  • Find the Journal’s COVID-19 research here.
  • News release on JHLT’s first reports of heart transplant recipients with COVID-19.

ISHLTv Webinar

The Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic: Rising to the Challenge (March 2021)

An update from the previous Update on COVID-19 and Challenges in Cardiothoracic Transplantation (November 2020), and the original COVID-19 and Challenges in Advanced Heart and Lung Disease and Cardiothoracic Transplantation (April 2020) session, this webinar will provide an update on the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic by focusing on both ends of spectrum from infection prevention to management of severe disease. Speakers will summarize relevant clinical trial data from COVID-19 vaccination trials and what it means for our patients; and also discuss basic pathophysiology of COVID-19 related acute respiratory distress syndrome and new insights in management via extra corporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO).

View the program, session details and speakers or watch the full session recording.

ISHLT Connect

Visit ISHLTconnect where you can view the archived COVID-19 community, or start new discussions about COVID-19 in the Open Forum, or in the appropriate Interdisciplinary Network or Professional Community groups.

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Registries and Surveys

ISHLT does not endorse any specific registry over another. However to avoid duplication please submit your data to only one center.

Additional Resources

COVID Updates and Controversies Town Hall

A number of transplant organizations from around the world continue their partnership to create another educational webinar for the organ donation and transplantation communities. Our goal is to share experiences to date and respond to your questions about COVID-19 and the vaccine. Topics will include:
  • Transplanting COVID-Positive Donor Organs
  • Vaccines-Breakthrough infection, third doses, other ways to protect transplant patients, pros/cons of serologic testing, and vaccine mandates
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COVID-19: Organ Donation and Transplant Town Hall

A number of transplant organizations from around the world, including ISHLT, have partnered to present a COVID-19 webinar for the organ donation and transplantation communities. Our goal is to share experiences to date and respond to your questions about the impact of COVID-19 on organ donation and transplantation.


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Transplant Organization Resources

Select Publications on COVID-19

World Health Organization

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American Society of Transplantation

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