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/AST Joint Statement About Vaccine Efficacy In Organ Transplant Recipients
(13 August, 2021)

The joint AST/ISHLT statement on COVID-19 vaccines has been updated with more detail about vaccinations in organ transplant recipients, including details on booster doses of mRNA vaccines, which can be found on page 2 of the statement.

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

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

These resources are updated continuously.


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American Society of Transplantation

These resources are updated continuously.