COVID-19 vaccines for patients with cancer

Vaccines have been authorized for use in preventing COVID-19. As a cancer patient, you may have questions on how that impacts you. UI Health Care tries to answer those for you:

Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe and effective to receive while I’m undergoing cancer treatment?

The data indicates that the COVID-19 vaccine is safe. We do not yet know how effective it will be for those who are receiving cancer therapy and who have suppressed immune systems.

Do you know when cancer patients will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Iowa?

All COVID-19 vaccine eligibility criteria is determined by the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH). It has not yet indicated when others beyond the current groups (Phases 1a and 1b) will be eligible. Doses are very limited, and it could be weeks or months until all those who are eligible to be vaccinated can receive their first dose.

I am a Holden cancer patient; when I’m eligible, can I get my COVID-19 vaccine from you?

Eligible patients will be contacted directly by our staff through your electronic health record, MyChart, or phone call when an appointment is available. All vaccinations will be pre-scheduled and by appointment only.

If you are not a MyChart user, you can sign up for a free account. If you want to express your interest in receiving or declining the vaccine, you can use your MyChart account, or use our interest form.

Will caregivers of cancer patients also be eligible to receive the vaccine early?

If a cancer patient’s caregiver happens to be among those currently eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, they may. We don’t know yet when others will be vaccinated. All COVID-19 vaccine eligibility criteria is determined by the Iowa Department of Public Health.

Last reviewed: 
February 2021

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