(For treatment side effects and complications only)
The NHS is rolling out COVID-19 vaccinations. People will be invited to get vaccinated when it’s their turn. We would strongly recommend that people with cancer* get vaccinated when invited, unless specifically advised not to by their medical team.
In general, the advice to people with cancer is not different to any other older adult with an underlying health issue. The benefits of vaccination are considerable for these groups. Further information is available in this NHS leaflet (correct at 31st December 2020).*Excluding bone marrow/stem cell transplant patients (BMT patients). BMT patients should follow their own vaccination schedule as advised by their medical team.
Two vaccines have now been approved for use in the UK:
They are NOT live vaccines and cannot cause disease. That means they are safe for people undergoing cancer treatment and anyone with a weakened immune system.
It is possible that people with a weakened immune system may not develop as strong an immune response (immunity) when vaccinated but the potential benefits of being vaccinated are still significant.
If you have any further questions about COVID-19 vaccines in relation to your cancer treatment, speak to your clinical team. Please do not call our Patient Hotline as this blocks the line for people who need urgent medical advice. We have produced this guide with information about COVID, flu and pneumococcal vaccines if you are undergoing cancer treatment.
Further information is available via the following links: