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New research on Covid-19 vaccines

Research published this month highlights the need for a third covid-19 vaccine dose for kidney patients, with calls for the JCVI to prioritise roll out.

New research published in The Lancet has shown that, unlike the general population, many people who have kidney failure and who are on haemodialysis have a poor antibody response to two doses of Covid-19 vaccine. The research also shows that the antibodies are less effective against the delta variant; and that people on haemodialysis have a better response to an mRNA vaccine (such as Pfizer) than an adenovirus vaccine (such as AstraZeneca).

This adds to the existing research from the UK and elsewhere showing that many people who are on immunosuppressants to prevent kidney transplant rejection, or for treatment of kidney disease, are not adequately protected by two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine. Therefore, this leaves many thousands of kidney patients who have had two doses of vaccines without as much protection from Covid-19 as the rest of the population.

That is why we, as part of the Kidney Charities Together Group*, are calling on the JCVI (Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation) to urgently prioritise the roll out of a third dose to kidney patients who are on haemodialysis, have had a transplant, or who are taking immunosuppressants due to a particular kidney condition. We need clear information and guidance, an update to the interim advice issued in June and clarity on when and how these individuals can receive their third dose.

As restrictions lift and guidance changes across the UK, many thousands of people are anxious because despite having shielded and having had two doses of their vaccines they still don’t know if they have enough protection to return to ‘normal.’ More needs to be done to ensure their safety so that they can enjoy the same freedoms as the rest of the population.

For more information about Covid-19 vaccinations and the latest guidelines for PKD patients and families, click here.

*The Kidney Charities Together Group is comprised of:

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