Covid Vaccination and Cancer

The current COVID-19 outbreak in Australia highlights the need for accessible information about vaccines for people with cancer who are more vulnerable to contracting COVID-19 and are at an increased risk of more severe infection.

Based on input and queries from the cancer community, FAQs have been developed by Cancer Australia. These have now been translated into the most commonly spoken languages in Australia including Simplified and Traditional Chinese.

The FAQs address when and where people with cancer can get vaccinated: the safety, efficacy, and any risks of the vaccines; if the vaccine may impact their cancer treatment; and how the information will be collected about the vaccines in people affected by cancer.

With cancer, the immune system may not be as strong as it is normal and there is a higher concern about the risks associated with COVID-19.  There are also numerous factors that come to play in the current environment and people with cancer and cancer survivors, are likely worried about the potential impact of COVID-19 on their health.

Click the links below for more detailed information about the FAQs in English, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese.

Click the link below to read the full media release published by Cancer Australia on Thursday 29 July 2021:
Crucial information for multicultural communities about COVID-19 vaccines and cancer

Reference: Cancer Australia | A national government agency working to reduce the impact of cancer on all Australians