An American in need of a heart transplant has been rejected by Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston because he is not vaccinated against Covid-19.
DJ Ferguson suffers from a hereditary heart issue that causes his lungs to fill with blood and fluid.
The 31 year old was taken off the hospital’s list because he insist the Covid vaccine goes against his basic principles.
Brigham and Women’s Hospital said in a statement: “Given the shortage of available organs, we do everything we can to ensure that a patient who receives a transplanted organ has the greatest chance of survival.”
The hospital confirmed that most of the 100,000 people on their waiting lists for organ transplants will not receive one within five years because of the shortage of available organs.
Mr Ferguson was worried he could experience cardiac inflammation, a potential side effect from coronavirus vaccination and that it might prove dangerous given the weakness of his heart.
The CDC encourages transplant recipients and those in their immediate circles to get fully vaccinated and boosted.
The father-of-two remains at the hospital and too weak to be transferred to a different hospital.
Just over 63% of the US population is double-jabbed and about 40% of Americans have received a third booster dose.