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COVID-19 vaccination in haematology patients: an Australian and New Zealand consensus position statement


McCaughan, G and Di Ciaccio, P and Ananda-Rajah, M and Gilroy, N and MacIntyre, R and Teh, B and Weinkove, R and Curnow, J and Szer, J and Enjeti, AK and Ross, DM and Mulligan, S and Trotman, J and Dickinson, M and Quach, H and Choi, P and Polizzotto, MN and Tam, CS and Ho, PJ and Ku, M and Gregory, G and Gangatharan, S and Hapgood, G and Cochrane, T and Cheah, C and Gibbs, S and Wei, A and Johnston, A and Greenwood, M and Prince, HM and Latimer, M and Berkahn, L and Wight, J and Armytage, T and Hamad, N, COVID-19 vaccination in haematology patients: an Australian and New Zealand consensus position statement, Internal Medicine Journal, 51, (5) pp. 763-768. ISSN 1444-0903 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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2021 Royal Australasian College of Physicians

DOI: doi:10.1111/imj.15247


Australia and New Zealand have achieved excellent community control of COVID-19 infection. In light of the imminent COVID-19 vaccination roll out in both countries, representatives from the Haematology Society of Australia and New Zealand and infectious diseases specialists have collaborated on this consensus position statement regarding COVID-19 vaccination in patients with haematological disorders. It is our recommendation that patients with haematological malignancies, and some benign haematological disorders, should have expedited access to high-efficacy COVID-19 vaccines, given that these patients are at high risk of morbidity and mortality from COVID-19 infection. Vaccination should not replace other public health measures in these patients, given that the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccination, specifically in patients with haematological malignancies, is not known. Given the limited available data, prospective collection of safety and efficacy data of COVID-19 vaccination in this patient group is a priority.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Cardiovascular medicine and haematology
Research Field:Respiratory diseases
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Treatment of human diseases and conditions
UTAS Author:Johnston, A (Dr Anna Johnston)
ID Code:146865
Year Published:2021
Web of Science® Times Cited:5
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2021-09-30
Last Modified:2021-10-19

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