Which cancer patients are eligible for COVID treatment?

19th January 2022

The Interim Clinical Commissioning Policy describes which patients are eligible for COVID treatments. In short and not exclusively, this includes people who have:

  • An active solid or blood cancer
  • Received radiotherapy in last 6 months
  • Received any chemotherapy in last 3 months
  • Received certain types of chemotherapy in last 3-12 months
  • Received stem cell transplant in last 12 months
  • Received CAR-T in last 24 months

What should happen if anyone with these criteria develop COVID symptoms?

  • They should have a PCR immediately (new lateral flow only guidance doesn’t apply here).
  • If symptomatic and PCR positive, they should either contact their GP or ring 111 who can refer to the Covid Medicines Delivery Unit (in England). The CMDU will assess whether the person is eligible or not.
  • Some patients (who are on the national database as eligible) will be sent a text with this information after receiving a positive PCR. Advice should be that if you think you might be eligible, ring your GP/111.

Vaccine update: People who have had a 3rd primary dose due to immunosuppression (as listed above) are now recommended to have a 4th dose (booster) after three months.

Find out more:

  • Find information on COVID treatments for patients here
  • Access the interim clinical commissioning policy: neutralising monoclonal antibodies or antivirals for non-hospitalised patients with COVID-19 here

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