Vaccine Info for Liver Patients

Dear Liver Transplant Recipient,

With COVID vaccine distribution beginning, the University of Kentucky Transplant Center wants to provide guidance about if and when to receive the vaccine. Based on most recent guidelines from the American Society of Transplantation, UK recommends that recipients (at least 3 months post-transplant) should take the vaccine if offered.

At this time, the transplant clinic does not offer the vaccine and it is unclear if we will have the option once vaccine availability increases. In the meantime, we strongly encourage you to receive the vaccine if offered to you elsewhere.

When vaccinated, you will be less likely to get sick with COVID, and if you do get sick, it may be a less severe form of illness. As a transplant recipient, you are more likely to suffer serious illness or death from COVID compared to the general public, so getting vaccinated has added benefits for you. Finally, by getting vaccinated yourself, you are protecting the people in your household and your close contacts.

Thank you for your attention to this matter. Please contact your coordinator with any questions or concerns.


Malay Shah, MD
Surgical Director, Liver Transplantation Program

Anna dela Cruz, MD
Medical Director, Liver Transplant Program