COVID-19 vaccines and people with kidney disease

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Kidney disease brings greater risk of COVID-19. Kidney patients should talk to their doctor about the COVID-19 vaccine.
Medically reviewed by
AKF's Medical Advisory Committee
Last updated
March 29, 2024

People living with kidney disease are at greater risk of COVID-19 complications, hospitalization and even death. People on dialysis are particularly vulnerable to the virus, especially those who travel to and from dialysis clinics and may be unable to socially distance.

Thanks to the groundbreaking work of leading medical experts, each COVID-19 vaccine has proven highly effective at preventing you from getting the virus. Getting vaccinated will help keep you and your family healthy and safe.

If you have kidney disease, the American Kidney Fund (AKF) urges you to talk to your doctors, care team and/or dialysis clinic about how to get the vaccine. This page will share FAQs related to the vaccine and how AKF is working to ensure everyone with kidney disease has access to the vaccine.

View our COVID-19 vaccine FAQs

Patrick Gee Cropped

I am grateful to say that I have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. I did it as extra protection for my kidney. The only side effect I had was some minor pain around the vaccination site.

Patrick Gee, kidney transplant recipient in Richmond, VA

Learn how AKF is helping people with kidney disease access COVID-19 vaccines

AKF met with congressional and Biden-Harris administration officials to recommend the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines directly to dialysis clinics nationwide. We are grateful to the administration for taking the steps to make this happen.

View our letters related to our efforts:

Leigh-Ann Williams headshot

I was hesitant to get vaccinated right away, but I realized as a patient advocate, a health care professional and a Black woman, it was critical to lead by example and encourage others in the community to trust the science and get vaccinated.

Leigh-Ann Williams, dialysis patient in New Orleans
David Rodriguez headshot

My kidney transplant has allowed me to live a positive and healthy life. It has also given me the opportunity to fulfill my goal of working in the medical field to help others who are living with kidney disease. I am thankful to have received my shot and recommend that everyone who can do the same.

David Rodriguez, kidney transplant recipient in San Antonio