Covid: More than half of double-vaccinated blood cancer patients not effectively protected

Professor Charles Swanton, chief clinician at Cancer Research UK, said: “These results add to a growing body of evidence confirming the vulnerability of patients with blood cancers during the Covid pandemic despite being vaccinated.

“As the world begins to return to normal, we must not forget vulnerable patients like this, who will need ongoing measures to protect them from transmission and additional approaches to reduce the risk of severe disease. If not, we could see them being confined to isolation approaches for the foreseeable future.”

Blood Cancer UK’s website says that even if your immune system is not functioning fully as a result of blood cancer, the coronavirus vaccine is still likely to offer some protection, and it’s still advisable to have it.

It notes that if your cancer treatment is affecting your immune system, your healthcare team will advise you on the best time to get your vaccine.

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