The transplant candidate, Leilani Lutali, said she received a letter from the University of Colorado Hospital informing her that she was “inactivated” on the waiting list for “non-compliance by not receiving the Covid vaccine,” and that she had 30 days to get her first shot to return to active status, a local Fox affiliate reported on Wednesday.
“If your decision is to refuse Covid vaccination, you will be removed from the kidney transplant list,” the letter continued, as quoted from a copy obtained and shared on Twitter by Colorado state Rep. Tem Geitner.
Lutali – whose potential kidney donor is also reportedly unvaccinated – said her life will be “in jeopardy” if she is denied the procedure, and has voiced concerns about the immunizations for unspecified religious reasons. She has also argued the jab may not have the intended effect due to immunosuppressant drugs that would be administered after the transplant surgery.
“Both from a religious standpoint and from doing some reading, I’m not certain that this is the right way to go,” she told local media. “The shot’s relatively new, and as a consumer, I’m not an early adopter. I wait and see what’s going on.”
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