COVID vaccine can be given to cancer patients who have completed treatment: College of Oncologists

The Sri Lanka College of Oncologists yesterday said that cancer patients who have completed treatment and are on surveillance can receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

However, they stated that those who are undergoing chemotherapy and about to undergo chemotherapy should wait for one month following treatment and until their full blood count (FBC) has returned to normalcy.

In a statement, the College of Oncologists said cancer patients are at increased risk of COVID-19 infection and the degree of risk varies based on immunosuppressive treatments given, debility, old age, malnutrition and other comorbidities.

They further said that the COVID vaccine is not harmful to cancer patients as it does not contain a live virus, but it should not be administered during periods of severe immunosuppression due to chemotherapy treatment.