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. In Western Australia, we are currently in Phase 1B of the vaccine rollout. For people affected by breast cancer, this means you are eligible to receive the vaccine if:
- you have been diagnosed within the last 5 years, or
- you are on chemotherapy, radiotherapy or targeted anti-cancer treatment, or
- you have metastatic breast cancer (regardless of treatment)
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 https://www.canceraustralia.gov.au/covid-19-vaccine-and-cancer
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.