Jefferson University Hospitals

COVID-19 Booster Vaccine: What You Should Know If You Are a Patient with Cancer

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now recommend a third shot of the COVID-19 vaccine if you are being treated for cancer and have already received two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines.

Under the new CDC recommendation, people who are moderately to severely immunocompromised should get another dose. This means that most SKCC patients who are currently being treated for cancer should get a third shot, including people who:

• Are actively being treated for cancer
• Have received CAR-T cell therapy within the last 2 years
• Have received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system after a stem cell transplant
• Are taking other drugs that may suppress the immune response (for example, biologic agents that are immunosuppressive, such as rituximab, and tumor-necrosis blockers)
• Are taking high-dose corticosteroids
• Have received a solid organ transplant
• Have moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency
• Have an advanced or untreated HIV infection

Join us for this program to address who is eligible for the booster vaccine, resources to obtain the booster and the emotional impact that COVID-19 has had on our community.

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