COVID-19 Vaccination Considerations Along the Transplant Continuum
This activity consists of a recorded presentation from the "Essentials of Oncology, Solid Organ and Blood/Marrow Transplant Management for the Health Care Team" conference held in Scottsdale, Ariz., March 14–15, 2022.
Many questions exist surrounding COVID-19 infection and vaccination protocols for the solid organ transplant community. While no cases of organ-transplant-transmitted infection have yet been described, this issue, as well as those pertaining to risks, testing, and vaccination in the pre- and posttransplant periods, are areas of concern. This session will review the current recommendations for screening and vaccination in both organ donors and organ recipients and will examine the current rationale and value of measuring COVID-19 antibody titers in light of possible low posttransplant sero-response and humoral response rates. Importantly, the current state of, and future implications for, transplantation in nonvaccinated patients will be discussed.
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This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of case managers, nurses, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, physicians, psychologists, social workers, dietitians, and other health care professionals who are interested in learning about COVID-19 infection and vaccination protocols for the solid organ transplant community.
At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to:
- Describe the rationale, considerations, and current recommendations for COVID-19 screening, vaccination, and postvaccination testing during the pre- and posttransplant periods, as well as trends in immune responses to vaccination.
- Discuss the potential for donor-derived COVID-19 infection and posttransplantation infection risks.
- Review the current status and future implications for nonvaccinated patients in need of organ transplantation.
- Describe the posttransplant management of COVID-19 infection, including what is known about the effects of immunosuppression on disease severity.
Cameron R. Wolfe, MBBS
Associate Professor of Medicine
Associate of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society
Duke University School of Medicine
About the presenter
Dr. Cameron R. Wolfe is an associate professor of medicine, infectious disease. He has clinical interests in the management of immunocompromised patients, including HIV, solid organ and hematologic transplantation. Within that sphere, he specifically focuses on the outcomes of viral infections, including influenza, COVID, viral hepatitis and HIV. He has a particular interest in donor-derived infections. Dr. Wolfe serves as co-chair of the Duke University Coronavirus Task Force, overseeing all management decisions for COVID-19 treatment and detection on the university campus and in the health system. He has been involved with multiple studies of novel therapeutic agents for COVID-19, as well as having served on multiple safety review panels for treatments and vaccines. He is the chair of the ACC College Athletics COVID Advisory Panel, and NCAA Sports COVID Advisory Panel.
Elizabeth Albert, MD
Clinical Activity Manager
Eden Prairie, MN
Matthew Cooper, MD
President, UNOS Board of Directors;
Director, Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation
Medstar Georgetown Transplant Institute;
Professor of Surgery
Georgetown University School of Medicine
Rebecca Gleason, RN, CCM
Eden Prairie, MN
Alan N. Langnas, DO, FACS
Professor of Surgery
Director, Center of Transplantation
Chief, Section of Transplantation,
Department of Surgery
University of Nebraska Medical Center;
Director of Liver Transplantation
C. Fred LeMaistre, MD
Senior Vice President
Senior Vice President, Market Operations
Tina Rydland, PharmD
Disclosures of relevant financial relationships
In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education's (ACCME) Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education, OptumHealth Education (OHE) requires all those in control of educational content to disclose their financial relationships with ineligible companies within the prior 24 months. Ineligible companies are defined by the ACCME as companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing health care products used by or on patients. Individuals must disclose all financial relationships, regardless of the amount, with ineligible companies and regardless of their view of the relevance of the relationship to the education. OHE ensures that the content is independent of commercial bias.
Dr. Wolfe has indicated that he is a consultant for Biogen and Janssen and is on the advisory board for Adagio, Gilead, Medincell, and Regeneron.
The activity planners have no financial relationships to disclose.
Method for calculating CE credit
CE credit was calculated by the complexity of content.
In support of improving patient care, OptumHealth Education is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the health care team.
Credit designation statements
This activity was planned by and for the health care team, and learners will receive 0.75 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credits for learning and change.
The participant will be awarded up to 0.75 contact hour(s) of credit for attendance and completion of supplemental materials.
The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME and ANCC.
This activity is approved for 0.75 contact hour(s) ([0.075] CEU) in states that recognize ACPE.
Attending the full program will earn 0.75 contact hour(s).
Unique Activity Number(s): JA0007123-0000-22-139-H01-P/T
OptumHealth Education designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME.
The Commission for Case Manager Certification has approved this program for a maximum of 0.75 clock hour(s) for Certified Case Managers (CCM).
Completion of this RD/DTR profession-specific or IPCE activity awards CPEUs (One IPCE credit=One CPEU).
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Psychologists and social workers
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A certificate of attendance will be provided to learners upon completion of activity requirements, enabling participants to register with licensing boards or associations that have not been preapproved for credits. To apply for credit types not listed above, participants should use the procedure established by the specific organization with which they wish to obtain credit.
- 0.75 ACPE - Pharmacists
- 0.75 ACPE - Pharmacy Technicians
- 0.75 AMA - Physicians
- 0.75 ANCC - Nurses
- 0.75 APA - Psychologists
- 0.75 Attendance - General Attendance
- 0.75 CCMC - General - Case Managers
- 0.75 CDR - Dietitians
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