Topic: Vaccine booster

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Posted on: Aug 10, 2021 03:07PM

Posted on: Aug 10, 2021 03:07PM

finallyoverit wrote:

Hi everyone,

I saw my MO yesterday for a normal, check-in visit and to get results of a recent scan (all stable! 😁). I asked him if I was offered a booster vaccine (received the Pfizer vaccine many months ago and had no ill effects) should I take it. He said yes, even though I’m not considered immunocompromised, he said it wouldn’t be a bad thing to take it.

Just throwing it out there for anyone that might be wondering the same thing. This is just my MOs take on it, but I will say he trained at MD Anderson and teaches the fellows at John’s Hopkins. The 3rd or booster shot isn’t a “thing” yet, but I wanted to get his opinion in the event that I’m offered it. I was really on the fence. I don’t have any strong feeling about not taking it, but wanted to make sure that it would be something that would benefit me before accepting it.


Take care, all!


Dx 10/2011, IDC, Stage IIA, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 5/2017, Stage IV, metastasized to bone
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Aug 24, 2021 07:43PM BC0821 wrote:

Thank you for posting this!

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Aug 26, 2021 05:00PM racheldog wrote:

I am glad someone started a new post on the Covid booster. Once we are going through or have gone through radiation or chemo I suppose we should all consider ourselves immunocompromised. Even if labs look stable. I am curious to know what others are being told about the "timing" of this Covid booster in between infusions? I made an appointment two weeks after my next Herceptin infusion. When I had my 2nd Covid vaccine I developed a high fever, ended up in the ER as a precaution. But now the Covid surge is horrid again and I would not want to end up in an ER again. I live in a major metropolitan area and I am finding that appointments are being scooped up asap. I have a real feeling that more people are jumping in to get vaccinated (which is good) but may not use the honor system and forge ahead with the immunocompromised patients trying to get vaccinated. Thus appointments and locations trying to find the same type of vaccination vial you had has been a chore. I have two more Herceptin treatments and could certainly wait until they are done.

Dx 9/2020, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Radiation Therapy 6/1/2021 Whole breast Chemotherapy Other Surgery Lumpectomy; Lumpectomy (Left) Chemotherapy Chemotherapy Other
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Aug 26, 2021 06:06PM exbrnxgrl wrote:

i have a question for nurses or any other medical professionals who give injections. What makes the difference between a sore arm or not, after an injection? My first two COVID vaccines (and all of my flu shots) left me with a sore armat the injection site. I had my booster a couple of days ago and the soreness was barely noticeable. What makes the difference?

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Aug 30, 2021 06:14PM reckless wrote:

Seems that CDC is not supportive of the booster shots to general population. https://www.google.com/amp/s/thehill.com/policy/healthcare/570057-cdc-panel-says-more-evidence-needed-for-booster-recommendation%3famp

Does it mean no booster shots after September 20 other than for immunicompromised, healthcare workers and residents of long-term care facilities?

I am not considered immunocompromised, so was counting on getting the booster after September 20 along with the general population. I do have antibodies >250 u/ml, but not sure if the will last until October. I am flying to Utah in October, plus switching from WFH to working some days in the office and have to commute by subway.

💉💉💉 Dx 3/4/2016, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 4/19/2016 Mastectomy; Mastectomy (Right); Prophylactic mastectomy; Prophylactic mastectomy (Left); Reconstruction (Left): Tissue Expander; Reconstruction (Right): Tissue Expander Hormonal Therapy 6/19/2016 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 8/11/2016 Reconstruction (Left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (Right): Silicone implant Surgery 11/14/2017 Hormonal Therapy 6/20/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Aug 30, 2021 06:42PM Chowdog wrote:

Reckless, I answered your question in the rant topic, but it just means as of right now, CDC does not have enough data to authorize the booster for general population. FDA has to approve/EUA the booster, then CDC authorizes it before it can be rolled out. I do believe, however, everybody will get a booster. It's just matter of when.

Pfizer has already submitted some data to FDA for booster.

https://investors.pfizer.com/investor-news/press-r...


Dx 6/2007, IDC, Right, 3cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/2/2007 Mastectomy: Left, Right Chemotherapy 8/15/2007 AC + T (Taxol) Hormonal Therapy 1/10/2008 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone), Zoladex (goserelin) Dx 2/12/2018, IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to brain/bone/lungs, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 2/12/2018 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone), Zoladex (goserelin) Radiation Therapy 3/19/2018 External: Brain Targeted Therapy 4/9/2018 Ibrance (palbociclib) Hormonal Therapy 4/9/2018 Femara (letrozole), Zoladex (goserelin)
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Aug 30, 2021 06:45PM moth wrote:

exbrnxgrl, I was taught that several factors go into the pain/bruising

- proper landmarking. Sometimes people administering miss the target area

- proper length of needle. An IM needs to be long enough to go to the muscle. If a person has a lot of fat in the area, the needle needs to be longer. Otoh, skinny minnie arms with too long a needle and sometimes you might get close to a bone

-speed. Or rather the lack of. The slower you administer, the less pain and bruising. In assembly line and rushed clinics they tend to just ram it in. Slower is better.

- pt relaxing the muscle. Let the arm hang loose, really loose.

- luck. Sometimes you graze a nerve or a bigger blood vessel. Just a fluke.

I take weekends off

Initial dx at 50. Seriously?? “Sometimes the future changes quickly and completely and we’re left with only the choice of what to do next." blog: Never Tell Me the Odds

Dx 12/2017, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/5 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 12/12/2017 Lumpectomy; Lumpectomy (Left); Lymph node removal Chemotherapy 2/14/2018 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 8/13/2018 Whole breast: Breast Dx 2/2020, IDC, Left, Stage IV, metastasized to liver/lungs, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 3/18/2020 Taxol (paclitaxel) Immunotherapy 3/18/2020 Tecentriq (atezolizumab) Chemotherapy 11/25/2020 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel) Radiation Therapy 12/9/2020 External Hormonal Therapy 12/15/2020 Femara (letrozole) Radiation Therapy 3/3/2021 External Local Metastases 3/3/2021 Radiation therapy: Bone Targeted Therapy 1/1/2022 Trodelvy (sacituzumab govitecan-hziy)
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Aug 30, 2021 06:46PM reckless wrote:

Thank you, Chowdog

💉💉💉 Dx 3/4/2016, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 4/19/2016 Mastectomy; Mastectomy (Right); Prophylactic mastectomy; Prophylactic mastectomy (Left); Reconstruction (Left): Tissue Expander; Reconstruction (Right): Tissue Expander Hormonal Therapy 6/19/2016 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 8/11/2016 Reconstruction (Left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (Right): Silicone implant Surgery 11/14/2017 Hormonal Therapy 6/20/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Aug 31, 2021 09:48AM exbrnxgrl wrote:

moth, thank you!

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Aug 31, 2021 06:01PM Nancy2581 wrote:

I feel like I am the only one who got the J & J vaccine. I want the booster, but never hear much on J & J and half the pharmacies around here don't even carry it. I'm kind of mad actually. I wish I had gotten pfizer or moderna, but at the time they said get whatever is available. I had J & J on 3/6 so almost 6 months ago.

2.8 cm tumor with LVI Dx 6/11/2014, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 1, 1/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-, Surgery 6/24/2014 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Chemotherapy 7/22/2014 AC + T (Taxol) Hormonal Therapy 1/28/2015 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Radiation Therapy 1/29/2015 Whole breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 12/16/2017 Femara (letrozole) Hormonal Therapy Aromasin (exemestane)
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Aug 31, 2021 06:27PM snow-drop wrote:

I received an email from the cancer clinic for booster shot, guess I don’t need to ask my MO any more. It says the booster is ok after ,at least, 28 days have past since the second shot. So I am going to book an appointment.

De Novo stage IV Dx 9/2019, IDC, Left, 4cm, Stage IV, metastasized to bone/other, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2-, IHC Radiation Therapy External Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole) Targeted Therapy Ibrance (palbociclib) Hormonal Therapy Zoladex (goserelin) Local Metastases Radiation therapy: Bone

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