This guidance is intended for oncologists and other health-care providers, and is based on known evidence as of October 7, 2021.
The guidelines have been approved by the Ministry of Health and BC Centre for Disease Control.
On October 5, B.C. announced the expansion of third dose vaccinations for those who are moderately to severely immunocompromised. This group will be eligible to receive a third dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
For people with cancer, this includes:
- Since March 2020, have received or are receiving systemic therapy (including chemotherapy, molecular therapy, immunotherapy, targeted therapies including CAR-T, monoclonal antibodies, hormonal therapy for cancer). This includes solid tumours as well as hematologic cancers within this time period.
- Since January 2020, have received an anti-CD20 drug for a malignant condition.
- Since October 2020, have received or are receiving radiation therapy for cancer.
- Since September 2019, have had bone marrow or stem cell transplant or are still taking immunosuppressant medications related to transplant.
People in this group will be contacted by the provincial Get Vaccinated system about how and when to receive a third dose.
Please encourage patients with questions to visit bccancer.bc.ca/covid19 for a list of frequently asked questions.
You may be asked to fill out an Attestation Form for patients to use for those who believe they were not included and should be. Please visit the Doctors of B.C. website for more information.