Now that the COVID-19 vaccination programme is underway, many people with breast cancer are asking if it’s safe to have the vaccine while they are having treatment.
As we explain in our blog, for most people having cancer treatment it’s much safer to have the vaccine than not to have it and risk catching coronavirus.
The available Covid-19 vaccines are considered safe for people having treatments that can weaken the immune system, such as chemotherapy.
When you have your Covid-19 vaccination may depend on the timing of your eribulin treatment, so it’s good that you have already contacted your oncologist who will be able to advise you about this.
People considered to be clinically extremely vulnerable, which may be the case if you’re having treatment, are advised to continue shielding even after both doses of the vaccine.
While the vaccine is expected to offer some protection against the virus, we don’t yet know what that level is, especially if your immune system is weakened by cancer treatments. This is a precautionary measure to keep you as safe as possible.
You might be interested in this Facebook live event with a consultant oncologist answering questions about the Covid 19 vaccine for people who are on breast cancer treatment.
Cancer Research UK (CRUK) also have information about the current situation with COVID-19 vaccines and the latest vaccine delivery plan.
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I have secondary breast cancer which have spread to other soft tissue and bone. I currently have cancer in the lungs with fluid on the lung and lung fibrosis. I am also taking fragmin (blood thinner). I have currently having chemotherapy treatment which is Eribulin. I was concerned about whether I should be having the vaccine.
I have contacted my oncologist and waiting for a response.