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vaccine or not to vaccine

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joesdadnick Tue 12-Jan-21 10:55:23

I have terminal cancer, diagnosed last April, and I have pondered on skipping the vaccine. Now back at the end of 2019 into January 2020 I know I had the coronavirus , at the time just thinking it was a very bad flu, or as put into words at the time “the worst flu I have ever had” My GP visited me yesterday to check up on me etc, and the vaccine subject came up and I am on the list, I am 62, but wondered if the shot could be better used for someone more in need. I found out it will be the Oxford vaccine, ie fridge kept one that needs ten people to be vaccinated otherwise it has to be thrown away if unused. I know I can still transmit the disease regardless if I have had the virus or get the vaccine. Should I just accept the offer when it comes along?

Whitewavemark2 Tue 12-Jan-21 11:16:40

It isn’t just about you though is it? You must think about your family both having to nurse you through the virus if you are unlucky enough to get it, but the fact that you will then almost certainly pass it on to others.

Listen to your Drs advice.

Alegrias1 Tue 12-Jan-21 11:23:53

Hello joesdadnick. I'm sorry to hear about your diagnosis.

I think you should definitely take the vaccine if your doctor advises it. For all the reasons that WWM says, and also because we are all going to get the vaccination in the end. Its not like you are preventing someone else from having it, and we are all in need. The JCVI have created the priority list and I'm trusting them about that.

Whether you have had the virus before or not doesn't matter, even if you are sure you had it you might not still have immunity.

Listen to your doctor, if they say take it, then take it. Good luck.

TrendyNannie6 Tue 12-Jan-21 11:27:20

I’m so sorry to hear about your diagnosis joesdadnick I would speak to your dr telling him of your concerns

Sparklefizz Tue 12-Jan-21 11:30:26

Hello joesdadnick
I am so sorry to hear about your diagnosis, and would repeat what others have said - listen to your doctor and take the vaccine if you're offered it.

Wishing you all the very best in the future. flowers

Hetty58 Tue 12-Jan-21 12:48:14

joesdadnick, as others have said, your doctor is the very best person to advise.

When my late husband had a terminal diagnosis, he also tended towards considering others first, rather than prioritising his own welfare.

'Well, I'm dying anyway' he'd say. Of course, he still had a duty to look after himself - to save us even more worry.

He was given about a year to live - yet he lived on for three years. That time was precious to us.

This virus isn't going away anytime soon, immunisation protects us as individuals - but isn't yet proven to stop transmission, so if you can have the jab, please do!

joesdadnick Tue 12-Jan-21 12:55:59

many thanks will take GPs advice and have the vaccine, I am fully aware regardless of either having had the virus or even the vaccine I can still transmit the virus as can anyone

Lucretzia Tue 12-Jan-21 12:59:45

Definitely have the jab!

And all the best to you.

BlueBelle Tue 12-Jan-21 13:04:05

Good luck Joedadnick let’s hope you have a longer life than you fear
I agree with others take the vaccine and the Oxford vaccine isn’t the one that needs to be kept at very low temperatures or lost that’s the Pfizer one or maybe I ve misunderstood your post
Anyway follow your doc he will know best and every good wish for your future No one knows if they ll have another day week, month or years

joesdadnick Tue 12-Jan-21 13:20:41

seems to be misunderstood , I am aware the oxford vaccine is the fridge one. Also to clarify my situation , iwas given less than a year to live in April lastyear, and have been through hell and back with bile build up/sepsis etc but i am still here and fighting the pancreatic cancer, many thanks for the support

Elegran Tue 12-Jan-21 14:28:14

Ask your GP's ádvice, Joe, about whether to have it. My own opinion is that you should have it. If you get a bad dose of the virus, then you could be very uncomfortable (to say the least) Don't add that to the problems you have already. There will be enough vaccine for everyone. No need for you to do without.

Ask your GP too which vaccine you will be likely to be offered. About storage - the Pfizer is the pernickety one. It needs the freezer, not just the fridge. I think the Oxford vaccine is a lot less fussy about where it is kept, - but in any case most vaccinators have fridges in their centres, though they don't have freezers.

I don't think you need to worry about nine doses being wasted if you have one. There will be hundreds of people being vaccinated around you, so they won't be opening a batch just for you.

Elegran Tue 12-Jan-21 14:29:27

Nick, not Joe.

dogsmother Tue 12-Jan-21 14:32:58

Eloquently put Hetty.
Go for it joesdadnick x

MawBe Tue 12-Jan-21 16:31:23


many thanks will take GPs advice and have the vaccine, I am fully aware regardless of either having had the virus or even the vaccine I can still transmit the virus as can anyone

Good decision - and every good wish. You sound like a fighter and you are clearly not down yet!
TBH I don’t think it would have been a good idea to be at risk from the symptoms of Covid given your current treatment and honestly, if the Drs had not thought it a worthwhile idea, you would not be on the list.
Best of luck.