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Cancer and COVID-19

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  • If you test positive to COVID-19, let your treating team know as soon as possible, as you may be eligible for COVID-19 treatments. You might also need to discuss temporary changes to your treatment.
  • A third primary COVID-19 vaccine dose is recommended for immunocompromised people aged 12 and over.
  • In addition, a booster dose is now recommended for all Australians aged 18 years and over.
  • There is strong evidence that a booster dose improves protection against the Omicron variant.
  • The vaccine protects you against becoming very sick if you get COVID-19.
  • COVID-19 vaccination for patients with cancer is highly recommended.
  • People with cancer who contract COVID-19 are twice as likely to have severe symptoms and require hospital treatment.
  • If you contract COVID-19, your cancer treatment could be disrupted.
  • While these vaccines have been developed faster than ever before, none of the steps in safety testing have been skipped.
  • People with cancer are at no greater risk of side effects from the vaccines than anyone else.
  • None of the vaccines contain the live virus. This means they cannot give you COVID-19.

 

Cancer and COVID-19 FAQs

Answers to common questions about COVID-19 and the vaccines.

COVID-19 is especially difficult for Australians undergoing cancer treatment, cancer survivors and their families and friends. If you have cancer, your immune system may not be as strong as it is normally, and you may be at higher risk of infection with COVID-19.

To minimise your risk during and after treatment, you should continue to follow any specific advice or standard precautions recommended by your treatment team. This is on top of general advice that has already been released by the State and Federal Governments.

Call our experienced cancer nurses on 13 11 20, many of who are practicing cancer nurses, for information and support to help ease your COVID-19 concerns, answer any questions you may have, and connect you with support services across the state.

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Information in other languages

Up-to-date information on COVID-19 and cancer in 12 different languages.

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