Vaccinating Oncology Patients: Should I get the vaccine? Will the vaccine harm me? If my cancer is in remission can I get vaccinated?
- On Jan 21, 2021, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) released updated recommendations for the administration of the COVID -19 vaccine. Patients with cancer should be prioritized for vaccination (CDC group b/c). Patients who are still under active treatment with chemo or radiation, immunization is recommended; with the understanding that that there is limited safety and efficacy data available at this time. People with serious health conditions such as cancer and with weakened immune systems were not included in many of the COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials. Patients no longer receiving active treatment and with no signs of active cancer, should have a good response to the vaccine and will be safe to receive. Information about the vaccine is continually evolving. The NCCN recommends waiting three months after completion of treatment for those who have received a stem cell transplant or CAR-T cell therapy; please discuss this with your administering provider for full recommendations. We encourage you to visit our site in the future for updated information.
Vaccinating Patients at ACC: Is ACC vaccinating patients?
- ACC is not a designated vaccination center. Due to the limited quantities of the vaccine currently available, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends prioritization for healthcare personnel and residents of long-term care facilities (Phase 1a), and to people aged 75 years and older and non-health care frontline essential workers (Phase 1b), and to people aged 65–74 years, people aged 16-64 years with high-risk medical conditions, and essential workers not included in Phase 1b (Phase 1c). The CDC will provide additional direction on priority groups for vaccination as more vaccines become available. For more information on when vaccines will be available for the general public or people with serious health conditions such as cancer or weakened immune systems please visit the CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html or the Georgia Department of Public health: https://dph.georgia.gov/novelcoronavirus.
Coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19, is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. It is caused by a novel coronavirus first identified in an outbreak in Wuhan, China. Please note Atlanta Cancer Care is not equipped to treat or test for the coronavirus. For more information go to www.cdc.gov/COVID19.
- If you have a fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, have nausea or vomiting, diarrhea or had contact with anyone suspected or diagnosed with COVID-19 please do not come to your appointment, call our office and we will contact you with further instructions.
- There will be No Visitors permitted in the offices, waiting room or infusion suites.
- All persons entering a clinic must wear a mask, deemed appropriate by NSH and ACC, at all times.
- At this time, no person under the age of 18 years old will be permitted at our locations.
- In the interest of safety, our refreshment centers are no longer available, please bring your own snacks and drinks.