Covid injection and immunity

Hi, I’ve finished chemo and Radiotherapy March 2022. I’ve been sent a nhs text to say, my immunity could still be low, and I’m eligible for the covid jab now. I thought I would have built my immunity up by now. Many thanks for your time. 

Hi Dogslover

Thank you for your question.

Because COVID-19 is more serious in people with certain underlying health conditions and whose immune systems are weakened, many people who had a diagnosis and treatment for breast cancer have routinely been offered Covid vaccinations since their introduction.

Those eligible for a COVID-19 booster dose this spring, are being contacted by the NHS to offer them an appointment between April and June.

You can reada guide to the COVID-19 spring booster 2023on the GOV.UK website.

As you mention, when you have completed your breast cancer treatment, your immune system gradually recovers from any side effects of chemotherapy or other treatments. For some people this may take longer than others.

It’s possible that records are not up to date or that since it’s just a year since you finished your breast cancer treatments, that you’re still recognised as being in this group. As you’re unsure about whether you’re eligible, speak to your GP or treatment team.

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