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.

SARS-CoV-2 Vaccination in Heart and Lung Transplantation: Recommendations from the ISHLT COVID-19 Task Force
(15 March, 2021)


Guidance from the ISHLT Regarding the SARS CoV-2 pandemic (1 February, 2021 Revision)

This document regarding SARS CoV-2 infection and COVID-19 is a living guidance document from an international workgroup. The document was most recently updated on 1 February, 2021.
What's New in the Document (1 February, 2021)
  • Thorough revision to update references
  • Removal of references and guidelines that are no longer relevant
  • Statement on COVID-19 Vaccination in Heart and Lung Transplant Recipients (added December 2021)

ISHLT Statement on COVID-19 Vaccination in Heart and Lung Transplant Recipients

We encourage immunization in patients with advanced heart or lung disease, MCS and PVD or in those awaiting or after cardiothoracic transplantation, when a vaccine is locally available (regardless of prior infection with SARS-CoV-2).

Connect with Peers

ISHLT Connect

Join the ISHLTConnect COVID-19 community to talk with peers around the world, share resources and experiences. Topics include:
  • Current COVID-19 recommendations
  • Prevention of COVID-19 infection in transplant recipients
  • Management of transplant recipients COVID-19 infection
  • Donor evaluation and selection strategies, including donor testing algorithms
  • Waitlist management for transplant candidates
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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 (November 2020)

An update from the original COVID-19 and Challenges in Advanced Heart and Lung Disease and Cardiothoracic Transplantation (April 2020) session, this ISHLT COVID-19 webinar discusses various aspects of the pandemic on heart and lung transplantation using a case-based approach. Topics include infectivity of SAR-CoV-2, management of wait listed patients infected with or exposed to SARS-CoV-2, summary of recent COVID-19 therapeutic trials and implications for transplant recipients, and lung transplant evaluation and listing criteria for COVID-19 related respiratory failure.

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

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-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.


Survey Results

Transplant Organization Resources

Select Publications on COVID-19

World Health Organization

These resources are updated continuously.


These resources are updated continuously.

American Society of Transplantation

These resources are updated continuously.