According to the latest Ministry of Health guidelines (as of 31 May 2021), COVID-19 vaccination is recommended for cancer patients, including those on active cancer treatment.
All the categories below apply specifically to mRNA-based COVID-19 vaccines (i.e. Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines), based on data currently available. These recommendations may change as more data becomes available locally and globally.
Active cancer not on treatment with chemotherapy, radiotherapy or immunotherapy
CAN be vaccinated at any National Vaccination Centre.
Active cancer not on treatment is defined as:
a) Not on any treatment in the past 3 months
b) No planned treatment in the next 2 months.
Persons on active cancer treatment:
CAN be considered for vaccination,
after assessment by their primary oncologist on the eligibility of receiving mRNA-based COVID-19 vaccines. The vaccine should be administered in a
hospital setting, arranged by the treating specialist.
If you are a NCCS patient, there are two ways to get the COVID-19 vaccination:
i) If you are currently
NOT on active cancer treatment with chemotherapy, radiation therapy or immunotherapy, you should register for vaccination at National Vaccination Centres as part of the national COVID-19 vaccination programme.
Patients who are only on endocrine therapy, can also register for vaccination at any National Vaccination Centre.
ii) If you
ARE CURRENTLY on active cancer chemotherapy, radiation therapy or immunotherapy (OR have received these treatments in the past 3 months or plan to receive these treatments in the next 2 months), and wish to be vaccinated, please seek your doctor’s advice at your next NCCS outpatient clinic consultation. Your doctor will discuss with you the risk and benefits of COVID-19 vaccination while you are on active cancer treatment and assess your eligibility to have the vaccination based on your clinical condition. If assessed to be eligible and you wish to proceed with vaccination, your doctor will register you for vaccination at SGH Vaccination Clinic.
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