Philly Voice: Pennsylvania Woman Denied Kidney Transplant Over COVID-19 Vaccine Refusal

A Pennsylvania mother who has waited nearly seven years for a kidney transplant was denied the potentially life-saving surgery due to her decision not to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

The 40-year-old Lycoming County woman’s ineligibility for a transplant highlights a divide among U.S. health care providers, many of which have begun requiring the vaccine to move forward with an operation.

Sherry Breen, a realtor from Muncy, said she received a letter from Geisinger Health System’s transplant program explaining that her refusal of the vaccine means she’ll be placed on an “inactive” list in the queue for kidney recipients. Her time accrued on the wait list will be honored, but won’t return to an active status unless she gets vaccinated.

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