Cancer Council NSW has added its voice to the importance of achieving optimal COVID-19 vaccine coverage to help reduce the risks of long-term COVID-19 impacts on cancer outcomes.
“The evidence is clear that optimal vaccine coverage is key to controlling COVID-19 in NSW,” said Director of Cancer Prevention and Advocacy, Anita Dessaix. “Evidence is also strengthening that COVID-19 poses a threat to cancer outcomes. During the 2020 lockdown, we saw disruptions to cancer screening services and program participation which is aimed at detecting cancer earlier. We know COVID-19 is especially harmful if contracted by individuals undergoing cancer treatment.
“The evidence is clear that vaccines work and that accelerating the control of COVID-19 will support our focus on controlling cancer, which remains the leading cause of premature death in the state.
“Vaccines are among the most successful public health measures in history in relation to disease control and increasing human life expectancy,” she said.
Those impacted by cancer can call Cancer Council’s 13 11 20 Information and Support line or visit cancercouncil.com.au.