Cancer and COVID-19

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  • It is recommended to have a primary COVID-19 vaccination course followed by booster doses. For patients with blood cancer and most cancer patients on active therapy, three primary doses are recommended followed by booster doses.
  • 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 COVID-19 vaccines than anyone else.
  • None of the vaccines contain the live virus. This means they cannot give you COVID-19.
  • People with cancer who contract COVID-19 are twice as likely to have severe symptoms and require hospital treatment.

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