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Should Patients with a Terminal Illness Get a COVID-19 Vaccine?

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It’s something approaching a miracle that there are now any effective vaccines at all. We have the world’s leading scientists to thank for this. 

The vaccine rollout gains momentum each day with the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech versions on offer to Americans. Johnson & Johnson is now also on the list. It has been granted emergency use authorization (EUA) for its version of the vaccine.

We recognize the questions which those with a terminal illness may have. We’re here to offer a helping hand.

Understanding the Facts

The virus appeared and spread relatively recently with scientists developing vaccines in record time. Despite the short time-frame, there are some things we know for sure. 

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that increased age equates to higher risk. This could mean serious complications resulting from COVID-19. 

If you have underlying medical conditions, these will make the risks even greater. The CDC recommends vaccines for those people in this category. The exception would be if you’ve had a severe allergic reaction to any ingredients which make up a vaccine.

Vaccines and the Immune System

There are some things we don’t know. For example, if you have a compromised immune system, you may get weakened immune responses to the vaccines. What isn’t clear is the extent to which this may occur.

There‘s little hard evidence yet around the safety of vaccines for those with autoimmune conditions.

It’s Good to Talk

There are other things to consider apart from how safe and effective vaccines are. There are also practical and emotional issues related to each patient and hospice nurse or carer. These might involve the following:

Everyone is going to have their own specific expectations to think over. We’ve seen first hand some of the benefits a vaccination can bring 

Talking things through is one of the best ways to get some clarity about the way forward. A chat should include the patient, relatives or friends and a healthcare professional, if possible.

Let Us Support You

We want to help so that you have a plan to suit your own individual needs. Talk to us to get all the latest facts about vaccines. We’re also there to offer an ear and understand any worries you may have. We’re right by your side.

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