As the U.S. begins distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine, Moffitt Cancer Center is following Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ executive order to focus on health care workers with direct patient contact, people 65 and older, and cancer patients who are vulnerable to COVID-19.
Your care team will contact you.
Because cancer patients carry an increased risk for COVID-19, Moffitt would like to vaccinate all patients. However, we have a limited supply of vaccine doses. Select patients at our McKinley and Magnolia campuses are being vaccinated now. Your care team will contact you if you are eligible to receive the vaccine and verify that you are available 28 days later for the second dose. We have received an influx of calls and kindly ask for your patience. Due to the volume of calls, we are unable to respond to vaccine-related inquiries. Rest assured, we will call you when it’s your turn.
Patients on active treatment will be prioritized.
It’s safe for most patients to receive the vaccine. Moffitt physicians will determine whether those undergoing chemotherapy, immunotherapy, radiation therapy or surgery are eligible. Patients scheduled for a bone marrow transplant should wait up to six months afterward to be vaccinated. There are no age restrictions for cancer patients to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at Moffitt. Consult with your oncologist before being vaccinated.
Caregivers are not eligible.
Unfortunately Moffitt is not vaccinating caregivers at this time, even if they are 65 or older. We are reserving our limited supply of vaccines for our patients.
Are you over 65 and able to get the vaccine in your community?
If you have access to the COVID-19 vaccine from local health officials, don’t wait to receive one from Moffitt. If you’re on active treatment, talk to your oncologist before being vaccinated.
Please know that we are working to secure additional shipments so we can vaccinate as many patients as possible. Thank you for your patience with this process.
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.
Read this article for more information about the COVID-19 vaccine.