An El Paso County woman says she won’t be able to get a kidney transplant through UCHealth because she’s not vaccinated against COVID-19.COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KMGH) — A Colorado woman says she won’t be eligible for a kidney transplant through UCHealth because she’s not vaccinated against COVID-19.Leilani Lutali received a letter, dated Sept. 28, stating that she would need to be vaccinated to become an active on the transplant list again.”I feel coerced. I feel like my life is being held in their hands in exchange for a shot, and the attitude is just take the shot,” Lutali said.The letter has gotten a lot of attention, including from State Rep. Tim Geitner, a Republican serving El Paso County. “The understanding is basically… conform to this demand. Take this COVID vaccine or otherwise you will be denied a life-saving procedure,” he said Tuesday.In a Facebook Live, the state lawmaker says he contacted UCHealth several times to get them to provide an exception.”I’ve had 2-3 exchanges, actually — a few text messages, a couple of phone calls, a couple of emails — in and around this issue,” Geitner said. “There is very little that UCHealth is prepared to do… an exemption to policy or a change in policy or accommodating or anything else.”UCHealth said it’s not uncommon to require transplant patients to meet numerous health protocols.Lutali claims a friend of hers is proving to be an early match for a kidney transplant, but because they both oppose the vaccine, UCHealth’s policy will not allow them to move forward in the process.This story was first reported by Pattrik Perez on TheDenverChannel.com. …Read More

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