‘It isn’t over for us’: For those with weakened immune systems, COVID-19 vaccines don’t mean the end of the pandemic

USA Today

By Karen Weintraub, USA TODAY
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Dr. Robert Montgomery had several reasons for getting a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as he could. 

As a transplant surgeon at a busy New York hospital, his patients were among the most vulnerable to the disease. 

The pandemic has exacted a terrible toll on transplant recipients. About 20% of those infected died – almost 2,000 in New York City alone last year compared to just one or two transplant patient deaths in a typical flu season, Montgomery said.

He also is a transplant patient himself. The heart beating inside his 61-year-old chest is not the one he was born with. 

Publish : 2021-06-27 17:16:00

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