Utahn Who Has Had Three Heart Transplants Getting COVID-19 Vaccine

Feb 25, 2021, 11:57 PM

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Lauren Holbrook was planning on being eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine starting March 1 but was surprised to get an appointment this week.

“I just got an automated email two days ago because I’m a transplant patient and qualify for the vaccine, come set up an appointment,” Holbrook said.

She was thrilled when she got an appointment for her first dose on Friday. The 28-year-old has had three heart transplants.

Effective Immediately: Utahns Ages 16+ With Certain Health Conditions Can Get Vaccine

“I was born perfectly healthy and contracted what is called Kawasaki disease when I was 4 months old,” she said. “I had my first transplant when I was 18 months old, a second when I was 12 and third when I was 14 due to coronary artery disease.”

Holbrook takes immunosuppressants daily so that her body does not reject her latest transplant. So when the pandemic hit, she took drastic steps to keep healthy.

“Quarantine as much as possible, pretend you can’t see anybody, pretend that you are under quarantine and restrictions because that’s really what you need to do when you are immunocompromised — you just can’t risk it,” she said.

She’s kept her social bubble small to her roommate and a couple of family members.

“I miss interacting with people, I miss being able to meet new people,” Holbrook said.

She is relieved to finally get the COVID-19 vaccine but knows it does not mean she’ll be out of the woods.

“Until others are vaccinated, there is still that risk of being able to get the disease,” she said.

She is hoping others will take advantage of getting the vaccine when it becomes available to them.

“I am very pro-vaccine because again, one of the reasons that I am able to live such a normalize life is because we have widespread vaccination,” Holbrook said.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Coronavirus Utah

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - SEPTEMBER 09: A pharmacist prepares to administer  COVID-19 vaccine booster sho...
Jed Boal

University Health recommends getting omicron booster and flu shot now

The CDC approved the COVID-19 bivalent boosters that target the most recent omicron variants on September 1. Since then, tens of thousands of Utahns have rolled up their sleeves.
11 days ago
FILE: Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 (left) and Moderna COVID-19 (right) vaccines are seen at a vaccinati...
Jed Boal

Despite reaching 5,000 deaths, Utah’s COVID-19 numbers are down

The director of the World Health Organization said yesterday about COVID-19, “the end is in sight,” even if we are not there yet.
22 days ago
FILE: Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 (left) and Moderna COVID-19 (right) vaccines are seen at a vaccinati...
LAURA UNGAR AP Science Writer

Is COVID-19 winding down? Scientists say no

New booster shots have arrived and social distancing guidelines have eased but COVID-19 infections aren't going away anytime soon. Experts predict the scourge that's already lasted longer than the 1918 flu pandemic will linger far into the future as the virus continues to cause deaths and may well mutate or evolve into a new disease.
29 days ago
FILE: Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 (left) and Moderna COVID-19 (right) vaccines are seen at a vaccinati...

US clears updated COVID boosters targeting newest variants

U.S. clears updated COVID-19 boosters targeting the newest omicron strain; shots could begin within days.
1 month ago
FILE: Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 (left) and Moderna COVID-19 (right) vaccines are seen at a vaccinati...
Jed Boal

Updated COVID-19 boosters likely available next month as ‘twindemic’ fears emerge

Concerns about a potential surge in COVID-19 and the flu at the same time this fall are emerging again. Each of the last two years, warnings about a so-called “twindemic” did not materialize, but this year could be different.
2 months ago
FILE: Davis School District....
Mike Anderson

Davis School District adds resources to handle COVID-19

The Davis School District is shifting their approach to COVID, putting more decisions in the hands of parents while getting more funds to help monitor the virus.
2 months ago

Sponsored Articles

Hand turning a thermostat knob to increase savings by decreasing energy consumption. Composite imag...
Lighting Design

5 Lighting Tips to Save Energy and Money in Your Home

Advances in lighting technology make it easier to use smart features to cut costs. Read for tips to save energy by using different lighting strategies in your home.
Portrait of smiling practitioner with multi-ethnic senior people...
Summit Vista

How retirement communities help with healthy aging

There are many benefits that retirement communities contribute to healthy aging. Learn more about how it can enhance your life, or the life of your loved ones.
Happy diverse college or university students are having fun on their graduation day...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

How to choose what MBA program is right for you: Ask these questions before you apply!

Wondering what MBA program is right for you? Take this quiz before you apply to see if it will help you meet your goals.
Cloud storage technology with 3d rendering drawer with files in cloud...
PC Laptops

How backing up your computer can help you relieve stress

Don't wait for something bad to happen before backing up your computer. Learn how to protect your data before disaster strikes.
young woman with stickers on laptop computer...
Les Olson

7 ways print marketing materials can boost your business

Custom print marketing materials are a great way to leave an impression on clients or customers. Read for a few ideas to spread the word about your product or company.
young woman throwing clothes to organize a walk in closet...
Lighting Design

How to organize your walk-in closet | 7 easy tips to streamline your storage today

Read our tips to learn how to organize your walk-in closet for more storage space. These seven easy tips can help you get the most out of your space.
Utahn Who Has Had Three Heart Transplants Getting COVID-19 Vaccine