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New study to investigate how third doses of Covid-19 vaccine protect immunocompromised patients

New study to investigate how third doses of Covid-19 vaccine protect immunocompromised patients 09 December 2021 We are pleased to support researchers at London’s Imperial College in a study to understand how well third doses of vaccine protect immunocompromised patients against Covid-19. The study, known as ‘MELODY’, will involve 36,000 immunocompromised patients across the UK,…

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The inside track on the work to protect kidney patients from Covid

The inside track on the work to protect kidney patients from Covid Miranda Scanlon writes 10 September 2021 I’ve been the lead of the Kidney Research UK Lay Advisory Group since April this year, but I’ve been a kidney transplant patient for much longer – 15 years in fact! Like so many other transplant patients I was shielding for much of the first year of the Covid-19 pandemic,…

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JCVI recommends kidney transplant patients receive third Covid-19 vaccine dose

JCVI recommends kidney transplant patients receive third Covid-19 vaccine dose 03 September 2021 The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has issued new advice that people with severely weakened immune systems should have a third Covid-19 vaccine dose. Research studies, including one we have supported, have shown that people who are severely immunocompromised are…

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Kidney dialysis patients could benefit from third doses of mRNA Covid-19 vaccines

Kidney dialysis patients could benefit from third doses of mRNA Covid-19 vaccines 13 August 2021 A research study funded by Kidney Research UK with other charities; The National Kidney Federation (NKF), Kidney Wales, the PKD Charity and several Kidney Patient Associations, shows kidney patients who receive in-hospital dialysis treatment for kidney disease produced a greater…

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New results highlight the need for immunosuppressed patients to remain cautious

New results highlight the need for immunosuppressed patients to remain cautious 16 July 2021 Preliminary results from the first UK study investigating how well Covid-19 vaccines work in kidney transplant patients suggest that transplant patients have a weaker antibody response to both the Pfizer/BioNTech and Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccines than healthy individuals. With this week’s Government announcements…

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Transplant report confirms more kidney patients face agonising wait for life-changing operations

Transplant report confirms more kidney patients face agonising wait for life-changing operations 15 July 2021 The impact of the pandemic on kidney patients’ prospects of a transplant has been highlighted in the annual activity report released today by the National Health Blood and Transplant Service (NHSBT).   With transplant operations temporarily suspended in a number of centres in the last year and…

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We remain concerned about ‘easing lockdown’ for kidney patients

We remain concerned about ‘easing lockdown’ for kidney patients 14 July 2021 Following the announcements confirming most lockdown restrictions will be eased in England and Scotland on Monday 19 July, we realise that many kidney patients will be feeling even more anxious. Although hospital numbers are low at the moment, the number of cases in…

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