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.

UPDATED: Statement from ISHLT, AST and others on SARS-CoV-2 Vaccination in Solid Organ Transplant (SOT) Recipients
(Updated 10 July, 2021)

The recent reports of some transplant patients’ failure to develop an antibody response to SARS-CoV-2 after vaccination has resulted in considerable concern and confusion within the transplant community. Our transplant societies are aware that clinical studies have not come to firm conclusions but feel that it is prudent to respond to these concerns. The statement has been updated to reflect the most current data and recommendations.

SARS-CoV-2 Vaccination in Heart and Lung Transplantation, MCS and PH: Recommendations from the ISHLT COVID-19 Task Force
(9 July, 2021)

These recommendations have been generated and are periodically reviewed by the ISHLT COVID-19 Task Force. The latest update from 9 July, 2021 covers the latest vaccine recommendations and adds recommendations on organ donors with VITT.

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 (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.