Aug 31, 2021 07:40PM - edited Aug 31, 2021 08:28PM by olma61
I was really confused after several different emails I received and then the advice at the cancer center on Friday. I mentioned this in the RANT thread. This morning I received another email from the cancer center. I sense that I wasn't the only confused patient because the email contained a detailed FAQ and a request NOT to call the cancer center with questions about boosters.
As to confusing messaging, I note that my sister, not immune compromised or a cancer pt, also received an email from her vax site that seemed to say she could come on in and get a booster. Her and her husband did not do it because they didn't want to take up a space from someone who needed it more.
Basically the latest. email said, if you are not moderately to severely immuno-compromised you are not eligible for a booster at this time. (That same verbiage is now on the State of NJ website)
They specifically said if you received only hormone therapy or targeted therapy for your cancer or are only on observation - you are not automatically considered immune compromised.
I will provide a screenshot or the text of the latest email I got when I get to my other device. I think in my own case, regardless of what the substitute onc told me on Friday, I am not eligible. I am not in a hurry for the booster, my second pfizer shot was in May. I also hope that if I wait a few months there will be an updated booster that addresses the current mutations as opposed to rushing to get a third shot of the very same vax.
Here is the relevant text - just providing this for information only. Not advising anyoneFAQs about the COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Dose for Cancer Patients1. Why is a third vaccine being recommended?
Some patients, especially patients with compromised immune systems, do not have a strong response after receiving vaccines. In these cases, public health officials recommend an additional dose of the vaccine. In the case of COVID-19, immunocompromised patients who received mRNA vaccine (Moderna or Pfizer) should receive a third dose of mRNA vaccine after completing the initial vaccine series.2. Who is eligible for a 3rd dose of the vaccine?
Patients with liquid tumors or blood cancer who meet the following criteria:
• Patients being treated for blood cancers currently or within the past 12 months.
• Patients who were within 2 years after treatment with B-cell depleting drugs (i.e. Rituxan [rituximab] or Gazyva [obinutuzumab]) at the time of their initial vaccination.
• Patients being treated with IVIG for recurring infections.
• Recipients of CART-T-cell, autologous or allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant (within 2 years of transplantation or taking immunosuppressive therapy).
Patients with solid tumor cancers who meet the following criteria:
• Patients treated with chemotherapy or immunotherapy currently or within the past 6 months.
Patients with other reasons for a compromised immune system:
• Receipt of solid organ transplant and taking immunosuppressive therapy.
• Moderate or sever primary immunodeficiency
• Advances or untreated HIV infection
Patients with autoimmune disease and on active treatment with a high-dose of corticosteroids (i.e. =20mg of prednisone or equivalent per day), alkylating agents, antimetabolites, transplant-related immunosuppressive drugs and cancer chemotherapeutic agents classified as severely immunosuppressive or immunomodulatory.3. Which cancer patients are not eligible for a third dose at this time?
Patients with solid tumors are not considered immunocompromised if their cancer has been treated with hormone therapy, targeted therapy, surgery, radiation, or are under observation only.