Cancer and COVID-19 Vaccines

As Canadian provinces begin their rollout of various COVID-19 vaccines, governments and public health authorities are continuing to update guidelines on who should be vaccinated against COVID-19, along with which population groups are eligible for vaccination in each phase of the vaccine rollout.

As of March 2021, recommendations state that any person who has received a cancer diagnosis should check with their oncologist before getting any version of the COVID-19 vaccine. Most patients with cancer or a history of cancer will be able to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, but every patient’s disease and personal circumstances are unique. Your oncologist will be able to discuss the risks and benefits with you and answer any questions you may have.

If you have questions or concerns about your eligibility to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, please speak to your oncologist directly.

For your reference, we have included a few additional resources about COVID-19 vaccines below. Please note that information regarding vaccine availability is changing rapidly, and it is always best to consult your local public health unit for the most recent updates. 

Vaccination Information:

The Province of Ontario

Information About Cancer and the Vaccine: 

The Canadian Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society