ERA is collecting FAQs and Advice from National Societies on COVID-19 Vaccination for Kidney Patients

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Dutch Federation of Nephrology and Dutch Society of Kidney Patients


Turkish Society of Nephrology


Czech Society of Nephrology


The UK Renal Association


The Scottish Renal Association – The Scottish Renal Registry


German Society of Nephrology


Austrian Society of Nephrology


Spanish Society of Nephrology (S.E.N.)

Effective and safe vaccines and continuous infection mitigation strategies are currently the only realistic options to constrain the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 vaccines can be considered safe in both dialysis and kidney transplant patients and there should be no big differences in side effects compared to the healthy population.

The benefits of vaccines outweigh their theoretical risks, thus vaccination should not be delayed in KD patients. As yet mRNA as well as viral vector vaccines are acceptable.

Clinical evidence is needed to understand the immune response to vaccination in CKD, dialysis and transplant patients.

Nephrologists need to join forces all over Europe and conduct new studies with similar protocols about the efficacy and safety of all currently available COVID-19 vaccines in KD patients.

This page is intended to collect all the available information coming from Nephrology National societies around Europe and advice on the benefits of vaccination against COVID-19 virus.

March 11, 2021 – JOINT STATEMENT

Global Kidney Organizations Urge Governments to Prioritize Dialysis Patients for COVID-19 Vaccines

Vaccinating people on dialysis will save lives and improve public health.
The American Society of Nephrology (ASN), the European Renal Association (ERA), and the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) urge immediate prioritization of COVID-vaccine distribution to people undergoing dialysis treatment in dialysis units throughout the world.

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ERA-EDTA Council; ERACODA Working Group. Chronic kidney disease is a key risk factor for severe COVID-19: a call to action by the ERA-EDTA. Nephrol Dial Transplant. 2021 Jan 1;36(1):87-94. doi: 10.1093/ndt/gfaa314. PMID: 33340043; PMCID: PMC7771976.

Gansevoort RT, Hilbrands LB. CKD is a key risk factor for COVID-19 mortality. Nat Rev Nephrol. 2020 Dec;16(12):705-706. doi: 10.1038/s41581-020-00349-4. PMID: 32848205; PMCID: PMC7447963.

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Hilbrands LB, Duivenvoorden R, Vart P et al for the ERACODA Collaborators. COVID-19-related mortality in kidney transplant and dialysis patients: results of the ERACODA collaboration. Nephrol Dial Transplant. 2020 Nov 1;35(11):1973-1983. doi: 10.1093/ndt/gfaa261. PMID: 33151337; PMCID: PMC7665620.