Coronavirus vaccines and cancer
We know people with cancer have a lot of questions about the coronavirus vaccine. Here are some answers to the most common questions we've been asked.
Public health experts and cancer specialists have agreed that people living with cancer should receive the vaccine. The covid vaccines that are available can be given to people who are having cancer treatment. Covid vaccines are not live vaccines, they cannot harm you when your immunity is reduced. Vaccines save lives and reduce the need for hospital stays from covid.
Vaccines can be given before, during or after cancer treatment. If you are due to start cancer treatment or have cancer surgery your medical team may recommend that you have vaccinations before treatment begins. Having vaccinations before treatment gives a better chance of protection.
You may find it helpful to talk to your cancer healthcare team who can answer any questions you might have about getting vaccinated. They can also talk to you about the best time for you to have the vaccine.
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