Posted by Indigo10 on Jan 8, 2021 10:06 am
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Posted by Runner Girl on Jan 8, 2021 2:51 pm
I'm in Calgary. I searched thru the AHS website info on covid vaccinations. They have no plan set for prioritizing those with compromised immune systems at this point. Since they aren't prioritizing the doctors/nurses who are in the Covid wards or the paramedics it seems they're not planning well at all. Not even a wait list is being made available.
Posted by Indigo10 on Jan 8, 2021 3:34 pm
Posted by Nix on Jan 9, 2021 8:55 am
care homes and some other medical professionals (doctors, nurses, paramedics, depending on the exposure risk of their specific job). After that other medical professionals and front line workers are slated to be vaccinated. They are saying that isn’t likely to be for a couple months yet. After that they will start to move on to “regular citizens” (i.e. those without elevated exposure from their jobs) who have a heightened risk of illness should they contract the virus. My mom is living with Metastatic Breast Cancer and falls in this category, depending where I am in my treatment process for early stage breast cancer (just finished neo adjuvant chemo, surgery Feb 11, not yet sure what other treatments will follow after surgery) I may or may not be in that group when the time comes or I may be bumped down to a lower risk group by then. Everything I have read and researched says we are a number of months away from that stage of the vaccination process here in Ontario.
Posted by JenG on Jan 9, 2021 9:54 am
I’m hopeful. Good luck everyone.
Posted by WestCoastSailor on Jan 10, 2021 1:59 pm
This report makes it clear that there is a lot that isn't known. Ultimately it appears that this will be a decision between a patient and their oncologist.
I can't speak to other provinces but here in BC, BC Cancer is keeping a close eye on the situation addressing the question in this covid-19 FAQ http://www.bccancer.bc.ca/health-info/covid-19-and-cancer-information-for-patients It's the first question.
BC Cancer also refers patients to the BC CDC site which doesn't specifically refer to cancer patients. https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/covid-19-provincial-support/vaccines There has been some indication from Dr. Henry that patients with chronic illness will be prioritized in a secondary fashion but I can find no documentation of this.
Posted by dmarie on Jan 11, 2021 12:14 pm
Posted by Cynthia Mac on Jan 14, 2021 7:56 am
I agree - people with chronic illness should be high on the priority list. And not just for cancer: I have a cousin who has a chronic lung ailment, and I would gladly stand her in front of a healthy person (including myself) in a vaccine line.
There was an incident at Toronto airport a couple years ago (as you know) where someone with measles caused potential exposure. My first thought was for people who were there at that time who had immuno-suppressed systems and were freely travelling through that building.
Posted by Happysilver on Jan 20, 2021 8:03 am
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Posted by CCC888 on Jan 21, 2021 10:03 pm
On the day FDA approved Pfizer I had chemo, I asked my chemo nurse the vaccine had not been taken trialled on cancer patients (what I understand from HK government), how Canada can prepare the priority list for us. The chemo nurse agreed and said "yes, some of the cancer patients had compromised immune system".
UK has already kicked off the study of the impact of Pfizer vaccine to the cancer patients and especially those who are on active treatment.
Below are the discussions that was found on a UK Breast Cancer Forum link.
In BC (or Canada), based on my observation on how they deliver the new chemo drugs in these few years, my personal view they are slow and always years behind. I hoped for the vaccination they won't wait for manufacture's recommendations and/or other countries' feedback.
Posted by WestCoastSailor on Jan 22, 2021 8:05 pm
Some cancer patients are explicitly expedited to the front of the line in Phase Three as "clinically extremely vulnerable."
It is dependent on vaccine availability with the first dose in early April and second dose in June.
Personally I'm quite pleased with the plan. It is a difficult logistical challenge. I think by then there will be increased clarity about the potential side effects of the vaccine on cancer patients. The plan also recognizes our particular vulnerability.
Posted by WestCoastSailor on Jan 24, 2021 10:20 am
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Posted by Indigo10 on Jan 25, 2021 9:26 am
Posted by dmarie on Jan 25, 2021 11:42 am
In the mean time please note that vaccinated people can still be contagious and pass the virus on to others so continue to mask up and follow all precautions even if everyone around you has been vaccinated.
Posted by D1955 on Jan 26, 2021 11:00 am
we are not sure how the vaccine will interact . I am 65 and will probably qualify for phase 2.
be safe everyone
Posted by Lacey_Moderator on Jan 26, 2021 12:59 pm
This is definitely a topic that is on a lot of people's minds right now and many people are looking for information.
I wanted to provide the following information from www.cancer.ca: Cancer and COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) - Canadian Cancer Society
Can I get the COVID-19 vaccine?
Vaccines work by stimulating the immune system to produce antibodies to fight a disease. If you’re immunosuppressed due to your cancer type or cancer treatment, a vaccine may not be able to stimulate your immune system at all or well enough to protect against disease.
If you have cancer, it’s important to talk to your healthcare team about if you should receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Currently, the COVID-19 vaccine is not recommended for people who are immunosuppressed due to disease or treatment until further evidence is available. But the COVID-19 vaccine may be an option for you after a discussion with your healthcare team to find out if the benefits outweigh the potential risks.
Regarding availability of the vaccine:
- Quebec’s vaccine prioritization plan includes people less than 60 years old with chronic disease or health problem that increases the risk of complications of COVID-19 in their priority populations.
- Ontario has indicated that people with high-risk chronic conditions and their caregivers are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine as part of phase two of the Ontario immunization program.
- BC Info: COVID-19 Immunization Plan - Province of British Columbia (gov.bc.ca)
- The other provinces and territories currently do not indicate when people living with cancer and survivors will be vaccinated.
Please continue to talk to your healthcare teams about availability of the vaccine and whether it is a good option for you.
Posted by CCC888 on Jan 26, 2021 7:25 pm
Just my personal view.....Do they understanding our health system is crashing ? Giving vaccine to the most vulnerable group in a higher priority is the normal practice in other countries.
This morning I read a news which is about AstraZeneca to delay the delivery to EU from the HK newspapers and I have used Google translate to translate part of it from Chinese to English.
" .....German Handelsblatt and Bild respectively reported on Monday that the AstraZeneca vaccine is only 8% or less than 10% effective for people aged 65 years or older. Officials worry that EU approval may not be obtained for elderly injections, AstraZeneca strongly denied the report on Monday, stressing that the blood analysis results of the elderly participating in the trial showed that they had a strong immune response.... "
I am not any medical guy. My understanding from the UK forum breast cancer patients receiving targeted therapy Palbociclib (an immunosuppressed treatment) have already started to receive the vaccine invitation.
I hope BC can implement the vaccination per the prioritization list that was posted last Friday.
My personal view I don't think the medical teams are able to evaluate the risk and benefits of an individual caner patient in fair if there is no protocol and will be subject to the experience and knowledge of the teams.
ps. I am obviously not any medical guy. I remember when I was on Taxol, my white blood count was even higher than my 95 years old "healthy" (no 3 "highs", no major disease) grandmother-in-law in the blood test. stronger immune system?? 😊
Posted by CCC888 on Jan 26, 2021 11:36 pm
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