#NotAnOrganDonorAnymore has been trending on social media for the last few days after Australians began taking themselves off the organ donor list in protest against new transplant regulations.
The angry response came after Queensland Health confirmed that all potential organ transplant recipients would have to have at least two doses of an approved Covid vaccination before they would be eligible for surgery.
Critically ill patients awaiting new kidneys, hearts, and lungs are not only worried about the potential twelve-week delay to their care (depending on which vaccine is administered), but also about the risk of adverse effects from the vaccine.
Unlike other mandatory vaccines required for transplant patients, Covid vaccines are known to cause unpredictable immune conditions, blood clots, and inflammation of the heart – particularly in young adults who are among those waiting for organ transplants.
There is genuine fear among vulnerable Australians this regulation could make their fragile medical condition worse, instead of being allowed to have their surgery and then get vaccinated when they are stronger.
Given the rushed status of Covid vaccines, the medical community is still collecting safety data.
No matter how you look at it, people are being backed into a corner by Queensland Health and various medical authorities who are – and there is no other way to put this – potentially leaving people to die unless they submit to a medical risk they find unacceptable.
The Queensland Kidney Transplant Service has endorsed the vaccine restriction. There is no concession made by Queensland health authorities regarding question marks hanging over Covid vaccines on a global scale, where they have been subject to fluctuating bans and age restrictions.
To say that there is ‘no difference’ between Covid vaccines and other vaccines is simply unscientific, and a denial of a growing body of concerning evidence to the contrary.
Unvaccinated Queenslanders awaiting an organ transplant have been told that they will have to wait until next year when the policy comes up for review – or maybe never. It is entirely possible that the medical profession in Queensland is prepared to sit around and let people die.
Australia has crossed a line.
Saying that ‘we’re not going to give you an organ transplant in case you catch the flu’ is a new low for this country.
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