The COVID-19 pandemic has presented unique and unprecedented challenges for everyone. For cancer patients who are immunocompromised, the risk and impact of the coronavirus is far greater.
Now that the COVID-19 vaccine is widely available to individuals 16 and older, protecting ourselves, loved ones and our community is easier than ever. According to the American Cancer Society, “many medical experts recommend that most patients with cancer or a history of cancer should get a COVID-19 vaccine.”
You may be wondering which COVID-19 vaccine is right for you. All three vaccines – Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson – have been proven effective in protecting against COVID-19 and its variants. At this time, many health experts are recommending that you get whichever one is available to you to protect against serious illness, hospitalization, or even death.
The CDC recommends continuing to take preventative measures to limit the spread of COVID-19, including wearing a mask and maintaining 6 feet of distance even after being fully vaccinated. The list of safe activities once fully vaccinated include being able safely visit indoors or a private setting with other fully vaccinated individuals, however this may vary for cancer patients.
It is important to remember that every individual’s health situation is unique. When considering getting the COVID-19 Vaccine, it is recommended to discuss your options with your primary care physician and oncologist to assess the best plan of action.
Get more in-depth information about getting vaccinated
- COVID-19 Vaccines in People with Cancer | The American Cancer Society
- US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- COVID-19 Vaccine – California
- COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility – Arizona
- COVID-19 Vaccine – Nevada
- COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility – Florida