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 Iowans age 16 and older are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination, as determined by the Iowa Department of Public Health.

The number of vaccines UI Health Care can provide is dependent on the number of doses we receive from the state and county. We will continue to partner with our local and state health departments to vaccinate as many Iowans as possible.

For convenience and ease of scheduling, UI Health Care is offering vaccination appointments available through self-scheduling online and via MyChart.

The first available appointment for a vaccine is the best one for you and our community. If you have the opportunity to be vaccinated elsewhere, such as through your local pharmacy, we encourage you to accept that appointment to be vaccinated as soon as possible.

Note: The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is currently the only vaccine authorized for individuals ages 16 and 17.

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

All Iowans age 16 and older are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination, as determined by the Iowa Department of Public Health.

The number of vaccines UI Health Care can provide is dependent on the number of doses we receive from the state and county. We will continue to partner with our local and state health departments to vaccinate as many Iowans as possible.

For convenience and ease of scheduling, UI Health Care is offering vaccination appointments available through self-scheduling online and via MyChart.

The first available appointment for a vaccine is the best one for you and our community. If you have the opportunity to be vaccinated elsewhere, such as through your local pharmacy, we encourage you to accept that appointment to be vaccinated as soon as possible.

Note: The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is currently the only vaccine authorized for individuals ages 16 and 17.

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

All Iowans age 16 and older are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination, as determined by the Iowa Department of Public Health.

The number of vaccines UI Health Care can provide is dependent on the number of doses we receive from the state and county. We will continue to partner with our local and state health departments to vaccinate as many Iowans as possible.

For convenience and ease of scheduling, UI Health Care is offering vaccination appointments available through self-scheduling online and via MyChart.

The first available appointment for a vaccine is the best one for you and our community. If you have the opportunity to be vaccinated elsewhere, such as through your local pharmacy, we encourage you to accept that appointment to be vaccinated as soon as possible.

Note: The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is currently the only vaccine authorized for individuals ages 16 and 17.

Want to learn more about the vaccine?

We recommend these additional resources:

Last reviewed: 
June 2021

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