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Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) - Mayo Clinic is encouraging cancer patients to get a third dose of Covid vaccine.

Mayo’s recommendation deals with certain cancer patients who have received either the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines. Those who have received the Johnson & Johnson 19 vaccine do not need a third dose at the time.

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Mayo’s announcement follows new recommendations from the National Comprehensive Cancer Network.

Here's who should receive a third dose of a messenger RNA COVID-19 vaccine:

  • Patients with new or recurring solid tumors receiving treatment within one year of their initial vaccine dose, regardless of their type of cancer therapy.
  • Patients with active blood cancers, regardless of whether they receive cancer therapy.
  • Patients who received a stem cell transplant or engineered cellular therapy, such as chimeric antigen receptor-T cell therapy, especially within the past two years.
  • Patients who received allogeneic stem cell transplants and are on immunosuppressive therapy or transplant patients with a history of graft-versus-host disease, regardless of transplant timing.
  • Patients with an additional immunosuppressive condition, such as HIV or patients being treated with immunosuppressive agents unrelated to their cancer therapy.
  • Review the updated vaccination guidelines for cancer patients on the National Comprehensive Cancer Network website.

Patients should contact their caretaker for more information.

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