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Eligability for COVID-19 third dose

In early October, ATAGI recommended that people who are severely immunocompromised should have a third dose of COVID-19 vaccine as part of their primary course of treatment. That means this is not a booster shot, but an additional vaccine as part of your vaccination schedule.

People with breast cancer who are currently having treatment with chemotherapy, radiotherapy or hormone-blocking therapy are eligible to receive a third dose. ATAGI has recommended that third doses are with one of the mRNA vaccines – Pfizer or Moderna.

If you think you may be eligible for a third vaccination, it is important to talk to your GP or breast cancer specialist about whether a third dose is appropriate for you. If you are eligible for a third dose and are not having your vaccinations at your regular GP clinic, you may need to provide evidence to the vaccination centre to prove your eligibility. The Australian Government has information about eligibility and lists the types of evidence you can take with you. You can find the forms for proof of eligibility here.

For more information go to Breast Cancer Network Australia’s My Journey COVID-19 Vaccination FAQ.

Updated 10 January 2022.

There is a lot of discussion at the moment about the COVID vaccine both within the general population but more specifically in the cancer community. 

For people affected by cancer, decisions about when and where to receive the COVID-19 vaccine may be made on an individual basis by the person affected by cancer, in consultation with their healthcare team.  It is important to continue to have your breast cancer treatment and any recommended tests and scans. You should keep medical appointments either via telehealth or face-to-face.

If you would like to find out more about the COVID 19 Vaccine rollout and what it means for people affected by cancer, the Australian Government, Cancer Australia has the most recent information and links to Frequently Asked Questions. To read more, go to

Breast Cancer Network Australia is also a very good place to access up-to-date information for people affected by breast cancer. Click here to find out more. 

There is also a Coronocast podcast talking to Prof Dorothy Keefe, CEO of Cancer Australia talking about COVID-19 and the vaccine.  To listen click here.