COVID-19 Vaccine

Man receiving COVID vaccine

COVID-19 Vaccine
The COVID-19 vaccines are among the safest and most effective vaccines ever developed. It is safe for most patients to receive the vaccine. Patients in active treatment or those who are being followed through regular appointments with a treating physician are eligible to receive a vaccine at Moffitt Cancer Center. Cancer patients over age 16 or 18, depending on the vaccine manufacturer, may be vaccinated at Moffitt.

Malignant Hematology patients should be in remission or have a stable (nonprogressing) cancer on chronic therapy or observation before receiving the vaccine. Blood Marrow Transplant patients should wait at least 90 days after their transplant or CAR T therapy.

If you have questions about the vaccine and how it fits within your treatment plan, please contact your care team through the message center within the MyMoffitt Patient Portal. Your care team will respond after reviewing your medical history. For portal assistance, please call 813-745-8000.

Caregivers Now Eligible for Vaccine
Moffitt is now offering the COVID-19 vaccine to caregivers. One caregiver per patient is eligible. Please note, appointments to schedule your first dose are available at Moffitt through May 7.

Caregivers, please call 813-745-3980 and press option 1 to schedule an appointment. The New Patient Registration Department is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday for scheduling. You will need to provide:

  • Name
  • Date of birth
  • Phone number
  • Address
  • Email address
  • Insurance information if available

 

Should cancer patients receive the COVID-19 vaccine?

The COVID-19 vaccines are among the most effective and safest vaccines ever developed. It is safe for most patients to receive the vaccine. However, for some patients in active treatment that causes immunosuppression, the vaccine may not be effective. 

Moffitt is conducting research into the effectiveness and durability of the vaccine in cancer patients. If you have questions about the vaccine and how it fits within your treatment plan, please contact your care team through the message center within the patient portal by visiting My.Moffitt.org. Your care team will respond to your message after reviewing your medical history. For patient portal assistance, please call 813-745-8000.

It is also important not to delay any treatment for cancer in order to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

If you are a cancer survivor, it should be safe for you to receive the vaccine. If you have concerns, you should talk to your oncologist or primary care physician.

Which vaccines are available at Moffitt?

Moffitt has administered both the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines. Availability of each depends on the shipments we receive. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine has been paused and is not available at Moffitt.

How effective is the COVID-19 vaccine?

The COVID-19 vaccine is shown to be approximately 95% effective (Pfizer and Moderna).

How much does the COVID-19 vaccine cost?

Individuals will not be billed for the vaccine. Moffitt will bill the charge for administering the vaccine to insurance plans. For self-pay individuals, we will adjust off the vaccine and administration charges. 

 

Please do not delay any treatment for cancer in order to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. If you are a cancer survivor, it should be safe for you to receive the vaccine. If you have concerns, talk to your oncologist or primary care physician.