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Ottawa Hospital identifying cancer patients eligible for COVID-19 vaccine

Cancer patients are now able to get their COVID-19 vaccine as part of Phase 2 of Ontario’s COVID-19 vaccination plan.
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The Ottawa Hospital. (Photo/Dani-Elle Dubé)

Patients undergoing cancer treatments or living with cancer are now eligible to get their COVID-19 vaccine in Phase 2 of Ontario’s COVID-19 vaccination plan.

The Ottawa Hospital made the announcement Thursday, as they reassured the vaccine was safe for patients with cancer.

“We are working with care teams at the Cancer Program to identify patients who have accessed our services in the past two years,” the hospital wrote on its website.

If patients fall into one of the following categories, the hospital said they can expect to be contacted via email or phone in the following order:

  • Highest Risk: Patients with recently diagnosed hematological malignancy and/or stem cell transplant recipients.
  • High Risk: Patients who have recently received or are on active treatments causing suppressed immune system (like chemotherapy)
  • At Risk: All other cancers.

More information on these categories can be found on the website here.

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