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. 

Vaccine Rollout: 

Information about Vaccine Phases and Rollout in Ottawa

Who is Eligible in Phase 2 (More information about chronic conditions)

Ottawa Public Health Vaccine Screening Tool

Vaccination Information:

The Province of Ontario

Information About Cancer and the Vaccine: 

The Canadian Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society

SurvivorNet

Cancer Coaching Location

Because Cancer Coaching is now offered at a number of locations across the Ottawa region, we ask that you tell us your preferred Cancer Coaching location before completing your registration. This will help us match you with a Coach.
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