People hoping to receive an organ transplant in Queensland may be denied the potentially life-saving procedure if they refuse to get vaccinated for COVID-19.
Queensland Health has confirmed patients have “a minimum requirement of two doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccine prior to receiving a kidney, lung or heart transplant”.
The mandate has been put in place because those who undergo such an operation have weakened immune systems, the authority said.
“Queensland follows national and international practices regarding transplantation and vaccination protocols,” Queensland Health said in a statement.
“The safety and wellbeing of all our patients is our number one priority.
Amy Bolin said there was no reason her husband, Bobby Bolin, should have been forced to get the vaccine. “In the medical field, your goal is supposed to be to improve and save people’s lives, and instead you’re giving them one option — you either do this or you can’t get a life-saving transplant,” Amy said.