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The shielding programme ended in England on 15 September 2021. This means that people who were previously considered clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) will not be advised to shield in the future or follow specific guidance. Please click here for information for those previously considered CEV. If your immune system means you are at higher risk from COVID-19, here is specific guidance for you (including a definition of what this means).

The above advice applies to England only. Specific advice for those considered CEV or whose immune system means they are at higher risk of COVID-19 who live in other parts of the UK can be found here:

Scotland

Wales

Northern Ireland

3rd Vaccine Dose

If you have received 2 doses of the Covid-19 Vaccine and have completed chemotherapy or radiotherapy treatment, you will be invited to have a 3rd dose of the vaccine. This is because patients receiving this treatment are immunosuppressed, at the time of their treatment their body will not have been able to respond well to the vaccine. The 3rd vaccine is not a booster, a booster is given to those who's immune system is working well to ensure the vaccine continues to work and their protection against Covid-19 is not compromised. After you have received your 3rd dose, you may also be required to have a booster at a later time. For more information on the 3rd vaccine dose please click here.

Which vaccine will I receive?

If you are over 18, you will receive Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisations (JCVI) have said that if you received the AstraZeneca vaccine for your first 2 doses you will be able to have this again. Pfizer vaccine is preferred to be given to those that are aged 12-17 years. You may have received the AstraZeneca vaccine for your first 2 doses and are now being offered Pfizer or Moderna vaccines. It is completely safe to mix vaccines.

When will I get the Vaccine?

You will be contacted by your GP or consultant or receive a letter which you will have to use to prove you are eligible for a 3rd dose of the vaccine - you will not be able to book an appointment for the vaccine by yourself. If you do not receive a letter, please contact your consultant or CNS to find out if you are eligible. You should receive your 3rd dose approximately 8 weeks after your 2nd dose, but this may differ depending on if your are undergoing treatment.

How can COVID-19 affect cancer treatment?

COVID-19 is a viral infection that can affect your lungs. Some of the symptoms include cough, shortness of breath and fever. A weakened immune system from underlying disease and chemotherapy can make someone with cancer more susceptible to catching the virus and fighting it off.

There have been changes during the various phases of the pandemic that have affected people with bone sarcoma and their care. This is a dynamic process changing to meet COVID-19 outbreaks and the changing needs of patients. It is important to remember that everyone's situation will be looked at individually and every effort made to continue the recommended treatment.

Changes have come into effect to improve safety for the individual and other patients around them. Your nurse or doctor will guide you through these and provide you with updates. You may be required to:

  • Wear personal protective equipment (at the very least a mask).
  • Attend your hospital appointments and treatment sessions without family or friends.
  • Undergo extra coronavirus testing such as a COVID swab before treatments or hospital visits.
  • Attend a different hospital or you may be designated to a certain area within the hospital and isolated from others.
  • Have a telephone or video call instead of meeting your medical team in person.

All decisions around possible risks COVID-19 may pose to your treatment or health, any treatment administration changes such as oral chemotherapy instead of intravenous and timing of treatments in the current situation, will be discussed with you. The COVID-19 pandemic has meant people can sometimes feel lonely during treatment in hospital and at home if isolating during high risk periods. Please reach out to your nursing and medical team if you have any concerns.

You can also call our free Support & Information Line on 0800 111 4855, connect with our Virtual Support Groups or email us if you have any queries.


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