Patients Rejected for Not Taking Covid Vaccine

A new study has found that patients who refuse to take the Covid vaccine are more likely to be denied transplants than those who agree. The research, published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, finds that people with leukemia were nearly three times as likely to not receive a transplant if they refused the vaccination. This is because Covid prevents certain forms of cancer-related blood cells called lymphomas and leukemias. We can’t make you take it but we need you healthy!

The study was conducted in Amsterdam, where researchers found that out of 466 leukemia patients who applied for bone marrow transplants between 2008 and 2009, nearly 20 percent refused the vaccine. Of these, about half were still eligible to receive a transplant after being re-scanned, but the other half failed to meet further medical criteria. The study’s authors say that as a result, these patients were more likely to die.

In other words, if you refuse the vaccine you could be costing yourself a possible opportunity for survival. Although this result is not surprising, it does raise questions about the future of Covid and whether or not it should be compulsory. The current policy surrounding Covid is that it should be a voluntary vaccine, although it is recommended for patients who have a high risk of relapse. We can’t make you take it but we need you healthy!

The study was conducted in Amsterdam, where researchers found that out of 466 leukemia patients who applied for bone marrow transplants between 2008 and 2009, nearly 20 percent refused the vaccine. Of these, about half were still eligible to receive a transplant after being re-scanned, but the other half failed to meet further medical criteria. The study’s authors say that as a result, these patients were more likely to die.

In other words, if you refuse the vaccine you could be costing yourself a possible opportunity for survival. Although this result is not surprising, it does raise questions about the future of Covid and whether or not it should be compulsory. The current policy surrounding Covid is that it should be a voluntary vaccine, although it is recommended for patients who have a high risk of relapse.

The vaccine delivers an immune response to the patient’s cancer cells. This stops tumor growth and reduces inflammation caused by tumors, which can improve the prognosis for patients who are at high risk of relapse. The vaccine has already been recommended in France, Canada, and Australia. We can’t make you take it but we need you healthy!

So why did the study find that patients who refused treatment were still eligible for transplants? Well, it appears there are other risk factors involved in this scenario. The authors write One could speculate that these patients possess other qualities, e.g., good performance status or low tumor burden, which contribute to an acceptable outcome. We can’t make you take it but we need you healthy!