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Am J Transplant. 2021 Dec 3. doi: 10.1111/ajt.16908. Online ahead of print.
In this issue of the American Journal of Transplantation, two articles highlight recent COVID-19 vaccine mandates for transplant recipients.1,2 As a heart transplant recipient of nearly 34 years, I am decidedly in favor of mandatory COVID-19 vaccination for all organ transplant candidates and healthcare workers. My viewpoint is rooted in patient-centric truths that come from my hard-earned experience in the transplant trenches. Also central to my commentary is an insistence on seizing the present moment to speak frankly, as transplant time waits for no patient.