Dialysis patients have a high COVID-19 mortality rate, but were left out of vaccine priority: View the CTV News Interviews with CSN President, Dr. Sanjay Pandeya along with CSN Members Dr. Michelle Hladunewich and Dr. François Madore, SQN President.

CSN has advocated to all Provinces and the Federal Government for the urgent prioritization of dialysis patients for COVID-19 vaccinations. La SCN a préconisé auprès de toutes les provinces et du gouvernement fédéral, la priorisation urgente de la vaccination contre la COVID-19 des patients sous dialyse.

Note: If you are a Patient or Caregiver, please CLICK HERE for COVID-19 Updates specific to Patients and Caregivers.

By now, every program will be considering ways to keep their patients and health care providers safe. The obvious concern is patients treated with in-centre hemodialysis, but there may also be issues for those programs with assisted peritoneal dialysis and of course timely laboratory investigations for patients with kidney transplants and advanced chronic kidney disease.

The CSN has reached out to many of the renal agencies to ask for copies of their contingency plans. These will be posted on this page of the CSN website as a central place for all to review.

I would also ask that individual programs that are willing to share their ideas, please send a copy of your documents to Filomena Picciano, Director of Operations (admin@csnscn.ca) and we will add those to this page as well.

Deb Zimmerman
CSN President

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