Clarification on kidney patients who are eligible for the third primary COVID-19 vaccination is now available.
The UK Kidney Association has reviewed the JCVI guideline and is recommending the use of a third primary COVID-19 vaccine in the following kidney patients:
All kidney patients who have a transplant, including those who have returned to dialysis but still receive or have received immunosuppression in the last 6 months.
All patients on the transplant waiting list.
All patients on dialysis.
Patients who at the time of the original second vaccine programme were receiving significant immunosuppression – these patients are defined further in the recommendations
The UKKA recommends that all kidney patients receiving a third primary vaccine dose should receive an mRNA vaccine as laboratory studies indicate these offer better protection in these kidney patients.