9th December 2021
People who might have been immunosuppressed at the time of their first two vaccine doses are eligible to receive a third primary dose. This includes:
- People diagnosed with blood cancers
- People who have received stem cell transplants
- People who had received immunosuppressive chemotherapy or radiotherapy in the last 6 months
The third dose should be given at least 8 weeks after the second dose, with special attention paid to current or planned immunosuppressive therapies.
Results from a CAPTURE study published on 27th October 2021 supports previous findings that people with cancer, especially those with blood cancers, do not develop as strong a response to the vaccine compared to people who don’t have cancer. Therefore, a third primary dose will help patients generate a more robust immune response.
Please note: it is not yet known whether those who will be offered a third dose will also be offered a booster at a later date.
Find out more:
- Read Cancer Research UK’s ‘COVID vaccine and cancer patients’ article here
- Read the CAPTURE study which assesses cancer patients’ response to the COVID-19 vaccines here
- Find the list of people who are immunosuppressed on the UK Government website here