COVID-19 Vaccine

Man receiving COVID vaccine

As COVID-19 vaccine distribution continues across the U.S., Moffitt Cancer Center is following Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ executive order to focus on health care workers with direct patient contact and cancer patients who are vulnerable to COVID-19.

Moffitt 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. Moffitt will contact you if you are eligible to receive the vaccine and to schedule an appointment. 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.

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.

Patients on active treatment are being prioritized.
The COVID-19 vaccines are among the most effective and safest 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 currently eligible to receive a vaccine at Moffitt. Cancer patients above the age of 16 or 18, depending on the vaccine manufacturer, may be vaccinated at Moffitt.

Malignant Hematology patients should be in remission or have a stable (non-progressing) 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.  

Caregivers are not eligible.
Moffitt is not vaccinating caregivers or family members 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 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.

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.